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Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy

15th August 2007
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This anthology brings together the personal stories of patients, physicians, policy makers, and others whose writings humanise discussions and deliberations about health policy.

Drawn from the popular "Narrative Matters" column in the journal "Health Affairs", the essays epitomize the policy narrative, a new area genre of writing that explores health policy through the expression of personal experiences. Forty-six articles focus on such topics as the hard financial realities of medical insurance, AIDS, assisted suicide, marketing drugs, genetic engineering, organ transplants, and ethnic and racial disparities in the health care system. The narratives raise ethical and moral issues that are being studies in many of our nation's medical schools. This compelling collection provides important insight into the human dimensions of health care and health policy.

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