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Narrative Medicine: From the “Parallel Chart” to the Humanities Roundtable Discussion

October 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Narrative Medicine is a methodology and theoretical paradigm developed by Rita Charon to allow health care providers to better elicit, process, and integrate their patients’ stories into the health care trajectory, creating a structure of narrative affiliation between patient and clinician. The story loop is not limited to patients, either. “Each day,” Charon writes, “you write in the hospital chart about each of your patients. You know exactly what to write there [….] If your patient dying of prostate cancer reminds you of your grandfather […], and each time you go into the patient’s room, you weep, you cannot write that in the hospital chart. […] You write it in the Parallel Chart.” Columbia Narrative Medicine faculty member Dr. Danielle Spencer joins pediatric oncologist and writer Ray Barfield, Health Humanities Lab co-director Deborah Jenson, and the Director of Duke Student Health, John Vaughn, to discuss both the uses of Narrative Medicine in clinical settings, and its use in the humanities classroom or text, where, as Charon notes, “Mimesis is the actual action—the cardiac function, if you will—engendered by the beholding and the representing, for these two steps spiral toward actual change in the world.

Co-Sponsored by the Health Humanities Lab, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine.

Location: Forum for Scholars & Publics Seminar Room, Old Chemistry 011

Time:  12-1:15 PM

Lunch will be provided


October 17, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


FHI Health Humanities Lab
Franklin Humanities Institute
Forum for Scholars and Publics
Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine


Forum for Scholars and Publics Old Chem Room 011
415 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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