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Why storytelling and writing are so important in medicine

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Why storytelling and writing are so important in medicine

"They needed the final story to let go of her body, yet retain her spirit. Looking back on it, that’s when I saw the greatest honor of all — the…
July 24, 2020

Why storytelling and writing are so important in medicine

“They needed the final story to let go of her body, yet retain her spirit.

Looking back on it, that’s when I saw the greatest honor of all — the everyday honor of storytelling for our patients. Maybe that’s the only cure we have for death … translating what happens from the body into the world. Perhaps that is the last frontier of care: sharing the understanding of how we get to the end — just as much as how we got to the beginning. Maybe, we should reframe the last note we write for our patients — and make it the last story we share instead.”

Giannina L. Garces-Ambrossi Muncey is a critical care physician.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Your greatest role as a doctor? Storyteller.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/10/your-greatest-role-as-a-doctor-storyteller.html)

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