Day 1 of the Narrative Medicine conference in Lisbon.
Details of the conference are here: http://narrativmedicin.wix.com/conference2015
This isn’t a comprehensive review for the most part because I struggled to keep up with the Portuguese interpreting, even though it was pretty amazing that they kept it up all day, in time with the speakers.
Narrative medicine is a branch of the medical humanities that has a particular power because clinical practice already begins with a patient’s history which is a natural space where narratives can be introduced. There is no equivalent for the visual or performing arts. Medicine then shares its power selectively with the narrative medical humanities and we have conferences in beautiful places like the Calouste Galbenkian Foundation. It’s worth thinking about, but I’m not complaining. Not only because I’m here, but because I do find narratives very useful. More to the point, patients and families complain all the time
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