Narrative medicine: I have heard of that, but what is it? I often get asked this question. As a master's student of narrative medicine, I am still trying to hone in on the best response to that question. For many, narrative medicine (NM) is not a novel concept. We have watched movies or read books of doctors helping, listening or learning from patients as they wrestle with their illness. Many writers ...

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“Where is my baby?” I awoke upset that my belly, which hours before was bulging through my doctor scrubs, had surprisingly been flattened. No one had asked for my permission to deliver my baby. They told me he was delivered emergently — at 32-weeks gestation — to save both our lives. I was a third-year pediatric resident, the senior for the pediatric ICU, on the night of my son’s birth. My ...

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