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Diagnosis narratives and the healing ritual in western medicine, by James Peter Meza

The dominance of "illness narratives" in narrative healing studies has tended to mean that the focus centers around the healing of the individual. Meza proposes that this emphasis is misplaced and the true focus of cultural healing should lie in managing the disruption of disease and death (cultural or biological) to the individual’s relationship with society. By explicating narrative theory through the lens of cognitive anthropology, Meza reframes the epistemology of narrativeand healing, moving it from relativism to a philosophical perspective of pragmatic realism. Using a novel combination of narrative theory and cognitive anthropology to represent the ethnographic data, Meza’s ethnography is a valuable contribution in a field where ethnographic records related to medical clinical encounters are scarce. The book will be of interest to scholars of medical anthropology and those interested in narrative history and narrative medicine
Table Of Contents
part, Part I Methods -- chapter 1 Fieldwork methods -- chapter 2 The theoretical frame -- part, Part II The diagnosis narratives -- chapter 3 Entrance into the field -- chapter 4 Who is narrating and what story are they telling? -- chapter 5 Spatial cognitions -- chapter 6 The doctor tells the diagnostic story to the patient -- chapter 7 Joint attention to the diagnostic narrative -- chapter 8 Spatial therapy -- part, Part III Ritual healing in Western medicine -- chapter 9 Ritual theory -- chapter 10 Disease as an existential threat -- chapter 11 Qualifications of a leech -- chapter 12 Healing relationships -- chapter 13 When the healing ritual fails -- part, Part IV The body politic -- chapter 14 The business of medicine -- chapter 15 Overdiagnosis and overtreatment -- part, Part V Narrative studies on healing reconsidered -- chapter 16 Narrative healing reconsidered -- chapter 17 Theoretical synthesis -- chapter 18 Reflections of a healer
Literary Form
non fiction
1st edition
Physical Description
1 online resource (272 pages), illustrations.
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