The value and benefit of narrative medicine for psychiatric practice

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This article describes how applying techniques from literary studies and considering patient histories as texts helps me understand and formulate systemic issues in psychiatric assessments. Psychiatrists are not generally taught to pay close attention to aspects of language, including metaphor and syntax, but I argue that paying attention to the form, as well as to the content, of the stories patients bring us, can make us better attuned to the contexts of their needs and distress, and therefore better placed to help.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274 - 276
Number of pages3
JournalBJPsych Bulletin
Issue number5
Early online date21 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Childhood experience
  • Literature
  • Medical humanities
  • Narrative medicine

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