Diagnosis: Truths and Tales

By Annemarie Goldstein Jutel
Foreword by Lisa Sanders, MD

© 2019

The announcement of a serious diagnosis is a solemn moment where directions shift, priorities change, and life appears in sharper focus. It is also a moment when a story takes shape. It is a story we are able to imagine, even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, because the moment of diagnosis is as pervasive in popular media, television shows, movies, novels, and newspaper articles as it is in medicine.

Exploring stories about diagnosis and pondering the impact they have on how we experience health and disease, Diagnosis: Truths and Tales shares stories written from the perspectives of both those who receive diagnoses and those who deliver them, and confronts how we address illness in our personal lives and in popular media.

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  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Illustrations: 17
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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Diagnosis: Truths and Tales shares stories written from the perspectives of both those who receive diagnoses and those who deliver them, and confronts how we address illness in our personal lives and in popular media.

Diagnosis: Truths and Tales

By Annemarie Goldstein Jutel
Foreword by Lisa Sanders, MD

© 2019

The announcement of a serious diagnosis is a solemn moment where directions shift, priorities change, and life appears in sharper focus. It is also a moment when a story takes shape. It is a story we are able to imagine, even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, because the moment of diagnosis is as pervasive in popular media, television shows, movies, novels, and newspaper articles as it is in medicine.

Exploring stories about diagnosis and pondering the impact they have on how we experience health and disease, Diagnosis: Truths and Tales shares stories written from the perspectives of both those who receive diagnoses and those who deliver them, and confronts how we address illness in our personal lives and in popular media.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Illustrations: 17
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Diagnosis is exciting and important for its close focus on scenes of diagnosis and their recurrence and significance in lived experiences and cultural representations (including film and graphic narrative).  Jutel gives us enjoyable and accessible tools for thinking critically about the illness narratives that shape our lives.


    Martha Stoddard Holmes, Literature and Writing Department, California State University, San Marcos.
  • Author Information

    Annemarie Goldstein Jutel is Professor of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A Touch of the Flu: The Paradoxes and Contradictions of Diagnoses
    3. Whose Stories? The Narrative Duel of Self-Diagnosis
    4. “The expertness of his healer”: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and the Power of a Profession
    5. “The News is Not Altogether Comforting:” Fiction and the Diagnostic Moment
    6. Breaking Bad: The Diagnostic Moment in Film and Television (with Thierry Jutel)
    7. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: The Graphic Diagnosis (with Ian Williams)
    8. The Intellectual Documentary: Methods for Understanding the Diagnostic Moment
    9. What’s There to Tell?: The Diagnostic Narrative in Practice