Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica

Edited by Allison Crawford, Rex Kay, Allan Peterkin, Robin Roger, and Ronald Ruskin, with Aaron Orkin

© 2011

Illness affects us all; we are called on to support and care for loved ones who face health challenges, and in turn, we encounter our own physical and emotional frailties when our health declines. Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and healing.

Told from the points of view of patients, practitioners, caregivers, families, and friends, Body & Soul provides a powerful literary perspective on how we are challenged, bewildered, changed, and uplifted by our encounters with change, illness, and disease. Readers will appreciate the richness, depth, and diversity of these healing stories and will become motivated to generate and share their own transformative narratives.

Together with the online discussion guide (providing questions relating to selected pieces in the anthology), Body & Soul is an ideal text for courses and support groups as well as individual reflection. Students and practitioners from all clinical disciplines and scholars in the humanities and social sciences will find this text invaluable.

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  • Page Count: 336 pages
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Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and healing.

Body & Soul: Narratives of Healing from Ars Medica

Edited by Allison Crawford, Rex Kay, Allan Peterkin, Robin Roger, and Ronald Ruskin, with Aaron Orkin

© 2011

Illness affects us all; we are called on to support and care for loved ones who face health challenges, and in turn, we encounter our own physical and emotional frailties when our health declines. Body & Soul features inspiring and award-winning fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, photography, and visual art on the universal themes of wellness, treatment, and healing.

Told from the points of view of patients, practitioners, caregivers, families, and friends, Body & Soul provides a powerful literary perspective on how we are challenged, bewildered, changed, and uplifted by our encounters with change, illness, and disease. Readers will appreciate the richness, depth, and diversity of these healing stories and will become motivated to generate and share their own transformative narratives.

Together with the online discussion guide (providing questions relating to selected pieces in the anthology), Body & Soul is an ideal text for courses and support groups as well as individual reflection. Students and practitioners from all clinical disciplines and scholars in the humanities and social sciences will find this text invaluable.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘I read stories that moved me, stories with humour, stories that made my eyes moist…This book is a wonderful learning tool not just for practitioners, but for everyone. It is also a joy to read. Buy it.’
    David Gelipter
    Medical Humanities Journal, December 2012

    Body & Soul comes from a brilliant collective of health professionals and patients whose insights are intellectual, humane and literary. I have watched the editors work their magic for years and there is no more sensitive and stimulating group I know now working in Canadian literature.‘
    Antanas Selekas, Director of Humber School for Writers, and author of Underground

    Body & Soul tosses a rescue rope across the growing chasm between science and humanism. These poignant and powerful pieces speak volumes about the healing properties of narrative medicine from the perspective of health care professions and patients as well as their families. This is medical humanities at its finest.‘
    Barbara Sibbald, Humanities Editor, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and author of The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart

    Body & Soul makes the distinct contribution of offering multiple perspectives on illness and care. In these pages, we hear the voices of patients, their families and friends, and those who offer professional care. This collection will be of particular value to teachers of healing arts and reflective practice. No other volume I know covers such a broad spectrum of experiences, each richly articulated.‘
    Arthur W. Frank, author of At the Will of the Body, The Wandering Storyteller, The Renewal of Generosity, and Letting Stories Breathe
  • Author Information

    Aaron Orkin is an associate editor at Ars Medica.



    Aliison Crawford is a founding editor of Ars Medica.



    Rex Kay is a founding editor of Ars Medica.



    Allan D. Peterkin is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto where he heads the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children including Staying Human During Residency Training (University of Toronto Press) now in its sixth edition


    Robin Rogers is a founding editor of Ars Medica.



    Ronald Ruskin is a founding editor of Ars Medica.

  • Table of contents

    Contents

    Users Guide

    General Introduction

    Part 1: Patients
    Introduction to Part 1
    1 As One Might Expect
    William Bradley
    2 Hands: A Suite of Stories
    Linda E. Clarke
    3 Prenatal Exam
    Sarah Cross
    4 Sunday Nights at the Shangri-La
    Cindy Dale
    5 A Picture Made of Sound
    Anne Elliott
    6 Centre of Dread
    Faye George
    7 At Thirteen, Asthmatic / Medicine Pudding / First Day Home from the Hospital
    John Grey
    8 Daughter Cells
    Jessica Handler
    9 BSE
    Alison Hauch
    10 Things Taken
    Isabel Hoskins
    11 Pain Scale
    Paul Hostovsky
    12 Seeing the Heart
    Catherine Jagoe
    13 Matter and Energy
    Lorie Kolak
    14 My Little Heart Attack
    Tom Lombardo
    15 The Eighth Day
    Michael C. McConnell
    16 Life Study
    Helen McLean
    17 Second Sight
    Helen McLean
    18 Lethargy, Resulting from the Sudden Extinction of Light / Swallows
    Mary O'Donoghue
    19 On the Loss and Reconstruction of a Self
    Menorah Lafayette-Lebovics Rotenberg
    20 The Cure of Metaphor
    Kenneth Sherman
    21 Kasabach-Merrit Syndrome
    Heather Spears
    22 Inadequacy of Impotence
    George J. Stevenson
    23 Diabetes: My Body Says "Fall"
    Heather L. Stuckey
    24 Care for the Patient
    Yvonne Trainer
    25 I, Michael
    Christopher Willard

    Part 2: Family and Friends
    Introduction to Part 2
    26 Drawing Insulin
    Anonymous
    27 Days and Nights in the NICU
    Christine Benvenuto
    28 Eden and I Are Playing Go Fish
    Susie Berg
    29 Palliation
    Pat Cason
    30 All Out of Funny in Crystal Lake, California
    Stephan Clark
    31 911
    Diane Foley
    32 Stoma
    Kathy Giorgio
    33 Unpacking My Daughter's Library
    Joan Givner
    34 My Father's Polio
    Patricia F. Goldblatt
    35 Lie Down 176
    Katherine Govier
    36 Friendship Bracelets
    Jon Hunter
    37 Hope from a Distance
    Nigel Leaney
    38 Something Happened
    Jane Martin
    39 The Right Thing to Say
    Kathy Page
    40 Second Round
    Nancy Richler
    41 On Different Hospital Floors
    Nicholas Samaras
    42 The Alzheimer's Man
    Alan Steinberg
    43 The Second Parlour
    Anne Marie Todkill
    44 The Wong-Baker Scale
    Gina P. Vozenilek
    45 Denial
    Gina Wilch and Ruby Roy

    Part 3: Practitioners
    Introduction to Part 3
    46 Accident Room
    Jay Baruch
    47 Tale of a T-Shirt
    Susan Croft
    48 The Texture of a Word
    Ian G. Dorward
    49 Table of Unidentified Contents
    Doug Guildford
    50 Figuring the Ground
    Pam Hall
    51 Refugees in Southeast Asia
    J. David Holbrook
    52 Mid-winter Night / Summer Party
    Jill Leahman
    53 On Pathography
    Robert Maunder
    54 Elysium
    Pamela Stewart
    55 First Day on the Wards
    Eileen Valinoti
    56 On Call
    Paul Whang
    57 Making Images
    Arthur Robinson Williams

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