Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy

Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy


Edited by Fitzhugh Mullan, Edited by Ellen Ficklen, Edited by Kyna Rubin, Foreword by Abraham Verghese

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  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801884799
  • ISBN 13: 9780801884795
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,202,384

Product description

This anthology brings together the personal stories of patients, physicians, policy makers, and others whose writings humanize discussions and deliberations about health policy. Drawn from the popular "Narrative Matters" column in the journal Health Affairs, the essays epitomize the policy narrative, a new genre of writing that explores health policy through the expression of personal experiences. Forty-six articles focus on such topics as the hard financial realities of medical insurance, AIDS, assisted suicide, marketing drugs, genetic engineering, organ transplants, and ethnic and racial disparities in the health care system. The narratives raise ethical and moral issues that are being studied in many of our nation's medical schools. This compelling collection provides important insight into the human dimensions of health care and health policy.

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Author information

Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., is Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University and editor of the "Narrative Matters" section in Health Affairs. Ellen Ficklen is a senior editor at Health Affairs and co-editor of "Narrative Matters." Kyna Rubin is an independent writer and the former co-editor of "Narrative Matters."

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This compilation is unique... because of its strong relevance to today's health policy... These narratives matter. -- Galit M. Sacajiu JAMA 2007 Very helpful... An essential library volume. -- Karen Jaynes Williams Journal of Immigrant Minority Health 2008 This volume is relevant to researchers, clinicians, and health care policy makers, and I recommend it highly. -- Scott A. Strassels American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2009