From the “Parallel Chart” to the Humanities
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 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.”
Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided. Co-Sponsored by the Health Humanities Lab, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine.
Danielle Spencer, Ph.D, is a faculty member and Associate Director of the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Master of Science Program. Author of the forthcoming From Diagnosis to Metagnosis: How Retrospective Revelations Unsettle Knowledge, Narrative, and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative…...Read More
I take the broad mandate of the humanist very seriously: my research is diverse. In the field of neuroscience and the humanities, my work includes an article on mirror neurons and literary bio-mimesis with neuropsychiatrist Marco Iacoboni, a course called "Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities," and several projects related to traumatic stress,…...Read More
Ray Barfield, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy, joined the faculties of Duke's Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. Dr. Barfield came from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where his research and practice focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy),…...Read More
John Vaughn is Director of Student Health Services, Associate Professor of Community & Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and Faculty Associate, Trent Center for Bioethics Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (English) and Doctor of Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University and…...Read More