Bethesda, MD -- Health Affairs is pleased to inform you of the publication of Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy.
The 293-page book, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, is a compilation of 46 essays drawn from the popular Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading health policy journal. Since its inception in 1999, Narrative Matters has offered first-person accounts that illustrate the impact on real people of the health policy issues that are addressed in more academic form in the rest of the journal. Essays in Narrative Matters discuss a variety of topics, including sections on writing to change things, hard financial realities, patients’ stories, disparity dilemmas, and practical ethics, among others.
“These essays could be read simply as terrific stories about people facing emotional and often life-changing experiences,” said Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, a professor of pediatrics and health policy at George Washington University, a contributing editor to Health Affairs, and editor of the Narrative Matters section. “But these stories have another dimension as well: Their conflicts and – sometimes – resolutions show the impacts of the choices we make in our health care system in a more memorable and concrete way than data alone. That’s why I use the term ‘policy narrative’ to describe the contents of Narrative Matters and this book.”
Mullan was one of three editors of the new book, along with Ellen Ficklen, his Narrative Matters coeditor at Health Affairs, and Kyna Rubin, an independent writer and former Narrative Matters coeditor. Abraham Verghese, MD, wrote the book’s foreword.
To order Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy, or for more information, visit http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/9190.html
Praise for Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy:
1. “Showcases some of health care’s most stunning writing. The stories are moving, eloquent, and often unforgettable.” Atul Gawande, M.D., MacArthur Fellow and author of Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science
2. “At times insightful, depressing, uplifting, and direct, Narrative Matters accomplishes a rare feat – a book as well written as it is necessary.” Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., Baltimore City Commissioner of Health
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