The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live

Published on May 1, 2004
Arthur W. Frank29
Estimated H-index: 29
Through engaging narratives of illness, medical work, and nursing in which people choose to act in ways that affirm their humanity, "The Renewal of Generosity" depicts the transformation of demoralized medicine into caring relationships through generosity - generosity towards both others and oneself. Arthur Frank demonstrates how generosity is renewed through dialogue, and he also distinguishes authentic dialogue from mere talk. For Frank, medicine is the face-to-face encounter that comes before and after pharmaceuticals, surgeries, and diagnostics. His is a book for people on both sides of the medical encounter who want to offer more to those they meet and who want a more enriching experience for themselves. A work of enormous grace and compassion. "The Renewal of Generosity" expands our vision of illness and healing.
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Published on Jan 1, 2009in Journal of Holistic Nursing
Kathleen Galvin19
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(Bournemouth University),
Les Todres18
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(Bournemouth University)
Published on Jan 1, 2012in International journal of action research
Michel Thiollent2
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Renata Ferraz de Toledo1
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This paper aims to promote reflection on the viability and applicability of participatory methodologies, particularly action research, in the area of health. First it shows the human action which is socially conditioned and encompasses many different aspects is the main source of knowledge in action research. Then the paper discusses the objectivity and the scientific nature of this methodology, and its relevance to restoring the human dimension to health care. The conversion of biological and m...
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Frances Rapport23
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(Swansea University)
In this paper the author describes a new qualitative analytic technique that she has been perfecting across a range of health research studies. She describes the summative analysis method, which is a group, collaborative analytic technique that concentrates on consensus-building activities, illustrating its use within a study of Holocaust survivor testimony that aimed to clarify how health and well-being were presented in Holocaust testimonials and what that might reveal about professional perce...
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Published on May 1, 2010in Canadian Woman Studies
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Published on Dec 1, 2011in Journal of Family Therapy 1.07
Alex Reed2
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Jaakko Seikkula (2008) has pointed towards the importance of practitioners working in the present moment in dialogical therapy. Extrapolating from Seikkula's work, this article considers the significance of the qualities of therapist attentiveness, generosity and negative capability in dialogical family meetings for psychosis. It is proposed that these qualities are of particular importance when family meetings occur in crisis situations, as when under pressure practitioners can easily be drawn ...
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Published on Feb 12, 2010in Sociology of Health and Illness 2.12
Arthur W. Frank29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Calgary)
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Published on Jun 4, 2011in Phenomenology and Practice
Øyvind Førland Standal8
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Peer learning involves processes whereby inexperienced persons learn from persons with more experience. Previous research has shown the benefit of peer learning to the rehabilitation process of people with spinal cord injuries and others using a wheelchair, yet discussions of problematic aspects are scant. Thus, the purpose of this article is to highlight two problems with peer learning. By presenting a vignette elaborated from a phenomenologically oriented case study of a wheelchair skills prog...
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Published on Jan 1, 2013in Medical Education 4.41
Arthur W. Frank29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Calgary)
Context Health care research generally, and medical education research specifically, make increasingly sophisticated use of social science methods, but these methods are often detached from the theories that are the substantive core of the social sciences. Enhanced understanding of theory is especially valuable for gaining a broader perspective on how issues in medical education reflect the social processes that contextualise them. Methods This article reviews five social science theories, empha...
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Published on Apr 1, 2012in Journal of Clinical Nursing 1.64
Geralyn Hynes5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland),
Ann Stokes1
Estimated H-index: 1
Mary McCarron25
Estimated H-index: 25
Aim. The aim of this research was to explore the experiences of informal caregivers providing care in the home to a family member with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Background. Advances in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment, increasing emphasis on early discharge and home-based care programmes enable those with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to remain at home. However, little is known about the consequences of these initiatives for informal caregivers. Desig...
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