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Narrative-based Primary Care: A Practical Guide

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:56
  1. Ellen Rosenberg, associate professor of family medicine (
  1. Montreal, Canada

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    John Launer

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £21.95, pp 272

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    ISBN 1 85775 539 1

    As a general practitioner, I find the interviewing techniques presented in this book interesting. They look as if they might be useful to my patients and to me. Launer invites readers to structure their clinical conversations making use of the idea that knowledge occurs through the stories—the narratives—that we tell others and ourselves about our experiences.

    In a usual clinical encounter the patient brings his story about his condition (which he may get a chance to tell to the doctor). The clinician develops her story on the basis of what the …

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