Draw on Narrative Medicine as a Resource
Working on the current issue of Intima was intellectually stimulating, physically comforting, and thoroughly inspirational for us as editors during one of the harshest winters on record. While we are a far-flung group—living all over the world and communicating via email, Google Hangouts, and GroupMe—the nine of us operate under a basic tenet: The divides of healthcare need to be bridged in order for effective treatment to proceed. That sentence is a direct quote from Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, a seminal text by Rita Charon, M.D., who along with her colleagues at the Columbia University Narrative Medicine department have supported our journal in infinite ways. We see our work at Intima as a way to engage in bridging that divide, as we publish poems, field notes, academic papers and prose that convey the close attention to individual stories necessary for effective healthcare. We witness doctors reflecting on the practice of medicine, like Hugh Silk does in “The Power of a Handshake” and Stephanie Reiff does in “Emergency Department.” We see their fears (“Stuck” by Vik Reddy); their navigation of different points of view (“The Tale of Three Breasts,” by Carol Scott-Connor); their grappling with end-of-life care (“Dying Well: Choose Your Beverage” by Yale medical students Esther Park and Gladys Rodriguez). We see patients and caregivers coming to grips with their own dance of illness (“Flying Into Jerusalem” by Katherine Macfarlane) or being at the bedside of a loved one during a terrible tragedy, as Andrea Hansell describes in her moving piece, “The Dragonslayer,” set at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings. These works cited are just a few of the remarkable narratives in our Spring 2015 issue. We hope our new, improved site makes it easier to find the riches within and our Crossroads blogs will renew you week after week. Walk across the bridge we’ve created and join us on the other side.
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Along with the artwork we feature in our current issue, we invite you to make a gallery visit to look at the remarkable drawings, paintings, and imagery from our last seven journals. Hover over the image for the title, artist's name and issue.
Explore Intima with Our Writers
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MEET THE EDITORS
What do you need to know about us? Here are a few quick notes—we'd rather have you read one of the poems, field notes, stories or papers on our site than dwell on us.
- We are a diverse group: doctors, nurses, journalists, writers, researchers, teachers, television and digital content producers, poets and philosophers.
- We live all over the world: London, Palo Alto, Jerusalem, Nashville, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Miami, Texas, and New York City.
- We also reside in the world of health humanities and narrative medicine, each of us committed to a new model of healthcare and reflection.
- We are an editorial board of nine; two of us are from the original group of founding editors; six of us have degrees in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University; one is a full-fledged doctor; four others are on their way to becoming one.
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