Narrative Medicine for Providers
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
By Anne Fadiman
This book explores the difficulty of communicating across cultures about health and health care, especially when physician and patient have, without each other knowing it, different definitions of disease and in particular the disease in question.
Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
By Tracy Kidder
In this book, Kidder describes the life and work of Paul Farmer, a physician who has devoted his life to overcoming health care disparities in the developing world.
The Doctor Stories
By Richard Selzer
A collection of short stories exploring what it means to tend to the sick and dying.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
By Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks tells of patients and their neurological conditions with great compassion and understanding. He shows how such conditions can close certain windows of perception and comprehension while at the same time opening others.
My Own Country
By Abraham Verghese
Verghese describes his work with patients with AIDS in eastern Tennessee at the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, chronicling the varying responses of the community to a new, sexually transmitted disease.
How Not to be a Doctor
By John Launer
This book includes over fifty essays covering a range of topics including music, poetry, literature and psychoanalysis, as well as contemporary medical politics and the personal experience of being a doctor.
How to love the world: Poems of gratitude and hope
By James Crews
The book offers readers uplifting, deeply felt, and relatable poems by well-known poets from all walks of life and all parts of the US. The author offers writing and reflection prompts as well as reading group questions and topics for discussion as well.
Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived by the Patient
By Norman Cousins
Norman Cousins' firsthand account of victory against terminal disease encourages patients to take charge of their own treatment. Cousins was a journalist and activist as well as professor of medical humanities at UCLE, where he studied the biochemistry of human emotions and their relationship to healing. Cousins describes his battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis, analyzing his journey as related to holistic medicine and understanding the power of mind over body.