Intima Archives | ACADEMIC


Aberrant Decoding: Dementia and the Collision of
Television with Reality
| Catherine Jenkins | FALL 2012

A fascinating look at how the impact of TV affects memory and our perceptions as we age.

Anorexia Narratives: Stories of Illness and Healing | Ali Grzywna | SPRING 2016

In a rigorous analysis of anorexia nervosa, agency and identity brings the value of reflection into bold relief.

"A Special Book Kept for the Purpose."  Writing Patient Diaries: A Century of Skill in the Silence from the Great War to Afghanistan and Beyond | Emily Mayhew and David McArthur | FALL 2015

A powerful exposition of patients' and nurses' diaries and their importance in clinical care.

Cancer Memoirs in Narrative Strategy: Are Our Stories as Valuable as Our Breasts? | Nashwa Khan | FALL 2016

Addressing pinkwashing and over-sexualization of the female breasts, breast cancer storytelling intersects with feminine identity.

Crisis Averted in Infinite Lives: Utilizing Comics as Clinical Art Therapy | Ally Shwed | FALL 2016

Through analysis and experience a potential new application of a familiar medium is presented and explored.

Dithering | Chris Osmond | SPRING 2013

"'Dithering' isn’t a distraction from effectiveness," says the author. "It’s part of it. It helps our aspirations to precision actually work out in the real world, makes our best machines 'more analog in the best sense of the word' by grooving the 1’s and 0’s of algorithmically-focused practice into the actual peaks and valleys of lived experience."

"Don't Be A Warrior: Be A Doctor:" Healing and Love After Wartime Trauma | Saljooq Asif | SPRING 2016

A journey of love to restore health and humanity is a necessity for the healing process to begin.

Doors of Reception: Invitation to a Narrative | Deborah L. Jones | SPRING 2016

A co-created narrative of a rich life is permeated by illness and an investigation of the interview.

Frida Kahlo's Re-Creation Of Her Doctor | Roxana Delbene and Sayantani DasGupta | SPRING 2016

An artistic tribute to her doctor, this analysis explores Frida Kahlo's immortalization of her physician through her art.

The Full Measure of Cheerfulness: Mary Ely, Weir Mitchell, and Victorian Views on Treating Melancholia | Lori Duin Kelly | FALL 2015

An intriguing tale of Mary Ely's melancholia and Dr. Mitchell's treatment of mental illness in the Victorian era.

Health Narratives and Healing | Emmanuelle Descours | SPRING 2013

This paper shows the ways that telling one's story and having clinicians who listen is essential in the process of recovery.

In the Far Canada of a Hospital Room: The Loneliness of Dying | Veronica Tomasic | FALL 2014

Work by writers like J.D. Salinger, Thom Gunn, and Henry James, and in movies such as Wit and At Night  transport us to a place where we all will ultimately go.

Looking for Representation: Illness, Race and Complications of Justice in Philadelphia | Rebecca Tzevat | FALL 2013

When illness takes away your voice, how can your voice be heard? The problem of representation as explored through the groundbreaking film Philadelphia.

Physician Culture and Identity: The Portrait of Medicine in Molière | Nicole Mak | SPRING 2015

How the theater of Molière informs the way doctors practice medicine, even today.

Psychedelics and Psychotherapy: LSD-Mediated Psychotherapy and Healing at the Interface of Culture, Ritual and Modern Medicine | Erica Griffith | Fall 2012

A paper on psycho-therapeutic techniques and indigenous healing rituals involving hallucinogens and the medical benefits and socialcontroversies of attending to a patient's inner world.

Mapping Meanings in Motion: Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground" and Bakhtin's Dialogic Self-Consciousness as a Model for Clinical Interaction | Shreya Jalali | SPRING 2013

Viewing clinical interaction as a dialogue between the Self and the Other adds new dimensions of meaning.

Medicine and Cultural Competency: What Medical Anthropology Can Teach Us | Nita Bhatia | FALL 2011

Given that physicians have such little time to spend with patients, how, then, are they supposed to adequately meet the demands of culturally competent care? A look at a critical issue in healthcare today.

Robert Frost and the Medical Applications of Poetry | Debbie McCulliss | SPRING 2015

Nuance and nature: Frost's poems help us to navigate the clinical experience in meaningful ways.

The Rhetoric of Addiction | Lea Povozhaev | FALL 2014

How do doctors and patients conceptualize addiction? Delving deep into the rhetoric of illness narratives uncovers differences that impact treatment.

Storytelling, Illness and Carl Jung's Active Imagination: A Conversation with Dr. Rita Charon of the Narrative Medicine Program | Kelly Goss | FALL 2016

A student introduces Rita Charon to Carl Jung's theories and they discuss the overlapping fields of thought and practice over a cup of tea. 

Tracking the Professsionalism of Medical Students Using Blog Posts About Death | Tavis Apramian | FALL 2012

The analysis of medical blogs works to tease apart the emotional experiences of individual physicans and students from the politicized pressure that a physician is required to assume and thus can help identify ways that physicians process and present their experiences.

Truth Disclosure in Medical Settings | Blake Rosenthal | SPRING 2013

Multiple perspectives on truth and confidentiality within clinical encounters.

The Use of Narrative Practices by Expatriate Health Care Providers Treating Ebola Patients in Western Africa from 2013-2016 | Marina Catallozi, Tim Cunningham and Megan Striplin | FALL 2016

Lessons in self-care for clinicians: A look at the ways narrative practices such as art, journaling and writing aided health care workers during the Ebola crisis.