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How Storytelling Is Changing the Way Doctors Treat Illness

(Updated 6-10-19)

"Sayantani DasGupta, MD, who teaches narrative medicine at Columbia University, says the key to sharing your health history is thinking of it as a story," wrote Abigail Rasminsky in Oprah. "Choose the turning points that you want to highlight—the ups and downs you've experienced over time," says DasGupta, a pediatrician who teaches narrative medicine at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. "Who are the main characters? A supportive partner? An unsupportive boss? Mention the dramatic tensions. You might be concerned about meeting work deadlines, or caring for a sick parent. These details will help your doctor treat your illness in the context of your life. Finally, spill Read More 

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