Practicing Narrative Medicine

November 18, 2014 5:47 PM

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Since the first day of medical school, I was in breathless anticipation of my third year. I came to Harvard with a background in creative writing and the big draw of medicine for me lay in its compendium of human stories.

In college, I volunteered at local hospitals where my primary responsibility was to go knock on patients' doors and keep them company for a little while. This was awesome. Few things delighted me as much as entering a patient's room, seating myself in the armchair by her bed, and over the next hour,...

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