The silence of the innocents: for a narrative study of medical practice

Fabiana Buitor Carelli Carlos Eduardo Pompilio About the authors

Although absolutely relevant, the research about the relationship between text and medicine is not well fund within the Brazilian academy yet. Nevertheless, the fact is that the medical practice is permeated with narratives, whether those by patients, who tell the doctors the stories of their diseases, whether those by physicians, who recount these stories according to their consolidated scientific models and to their clinic experience. Inspired by the theoretical field called Narrative-Based Medicine, which is already well established within the Anglophone academic environment, and by some theories from the Literary Studies and the Social Sciences, this article aims to introductorily discuss some possibilities for the consolidation of an interdisciplinary study of the medical narratives in Brazil.

Narrative-Based Medicine; Narrative and medicine; Medicine and language; Literature and medicine

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