Diagnosis: Truths and Tales
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.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 232 pages
- Illustrations: 17
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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 InformationAnnemarie Goldstein Jutel is Professor of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.
Table of contents1. 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
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