What's in a Story with Annie Brewster

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What's in a Story with Annie Brewster

May 31, 2022

What's in a Story with Annie Brewster

Today I chat with Annie Brewster, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She’s also a patient, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 at age 32.

In response to the problems she experienced in healthcare, both as a patient and a provider, Dr. Brewster founded Health Story Collaborative in 2013. It’s a nonprofit organization committed to empowering patients and their loved ones, building community, strengthening patient-provider connections, and transforming healthcare through storytelling.

Dr. Brewster recently published The Healing Power of Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Navigate Illness, Trauma, and Loss, which tells her own story as a physician and MS patient, the science behind narrative medicine, and tips on how to heal and manage health issues through storytelling. 

For more information, visit and follow @MatthewZachary, @VaxOnPod, and @OffScripHealth on Twitter. 

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