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Here’s what’s happening on in our corner of Narrative Medicine.
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Widening the Differential

“You don’t have to be a good writer to be a good doctor; in fact, you don’t even have to take a college English course. I had already been told that in medicine, brevity is beauty.”

A Healing Relationship

“The wisest doctors I’ve known understand that the mind and heart lie not in two separate boxes but on a continuum; they believe each patient and physician should determine the optimal point of balance in their relationship.”

Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the first Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference. Be sure to check out our speakers and schedule and learn more about StoryBeat LIVE! We look forward to seeing you in September!

The Art of Vulnerability

When I heard the words “round, blue-cell, and sarcoma” in the same sentence with my four-year-old son’s name (Joshua); all I could manage was three violent kicks to the wall by the surgery waiting room while tears flowed. As treatment started and trudged forward, I fell into an overwhelming cycle of shock, denial, hyper-vigilance, Post…

Recommended Reading

The NWNMC committee members put together the following list of recommended reading. The list came from a natural sharing of resources and ideas. There is no rhyme or reason to the list–just a few recommendations we thought we’d pass along. Enjoy! Novels/Memoirs Bateson, Mary Catherine, Ph.D. Composing a Life. Coutts, Marion. The Iceberg: A Memoir…

What Narrative Medicine Means to Me

“What I have come to learn is that to understand the stories of illness one must also understand the stories of wellness—of the patient, the student, the nurse, the case manager, the specialist, the resident, the caregiver and the scientist. One must be intimately self-aware, but also open to the vast possibility and perspective of others.”

Welcome to the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

We are a diverse group of professionals, physicians, instructors, writers, artists, care givers and patients with a passion for engaging in conversation, creating community and exploring narrative as it pertains to health, illness and care taking. Learn more. Thank you for coming to visit us. Stay tuned for a more robust website, and be sure…

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