Doctors' Stories
The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge
Kathryn Montgomery Hunter


A patient's job is to tell the physician what hurts, and the physician's job is to fix it. But how does the physician know what is wrong? What becomes of the patient's story when the patient becomes a case? Addressing readers on both sides of the patient-physician encounter, Kathryn Hunter looks at medicine as an art that relies heavily on telling and interpreting a story--the patient's story of illness and its symptoms.

Kathryn Montgomery Hunter is Associate Professor of Medicine and Codirector of the Ethics and Human Values in Medicine Program at Northwestern University Medical School.