Narrative ethics: A narrative

Howard Brody, Mark Clark

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Once upon a time, medicine dismissed narrative as unimportant and uninteresting. Then, in the late 1980s, physicians and scholars became interested in how the study of narrative could enhance our understanding of illness and health care, and the field that came to be known as "narrative medicine" developed. Some of this scholarly activity focused on the idea of narrative ethics. After a flurry of activity around the turn of the twenty-first century, narrative ethics seemed to stall. The general interest in narrative in medicine continued but with few new ideas on how one might use narrative toward ethical ends. In the last few years, however, forward momentum has returned. The timing seems appropriate, therefore, for a "state of the field" report of sorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S7-S11
JournalHastings Center Report
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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