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From Joanna Bourke’s stunning new book on the history of pain (p. 269):

But the narrative medicine that is promoted by many concerned commentators in the medical humanities is also infused with a particular class-based ideology that assumes the speech and writing is redemptive.  Like the ‘men of feeling’ of the eighteenth century, linking sympathy with narrative medicine was and is highly dependent upon the statements by articulate and often elite patients.

Discuss.

 

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