Diagnosis: Truths and Tales

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2019 - Health & Fitness - 232 pages

The announcement of a serious diagnosis is a solemn moment when 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 as it is in medicine.

Diagnosis: Truths and Tales shares stories told from the perspectives of those who receive diagnoses and those who deliver them. Confronting how we address illness in our personal lives and in popular culture, this compelling book explores narratives of diagnosis while pondering the impact they have on how we experience health and disease.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Paradoxes and Contradictions of Diagnoses
23
2 Whose Stories? Narrative Exchange and SelfDiagnosis
41
Diagnosis Disclosure and the Power of a Profession
59
Fiction and the Diagnostic Moment
81
The Diagnostic Moment in Film and Television
97
The Graphic Diagnosis
125
Methods for Understanding the Diagnostic Moment
139
8 Whats There to Tell? DiagnosisasMystery
157
Notes
169
References
185
Index
201
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Annemarie Goldstein Jutel is Professor of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.

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