Storytelling at UCR

Published On : 4/23/2013 3:49 PM
By : Vincent Ledesma
From : KVCR
Categories : State, Local

While story-telling has long been a part of American culture it only recently has found a role in the practice of American medicine. In line with that, the University of California, Riverside is hosting a conference April 26th and 27th entitled, “Medical Examinations: Art, Story, Theory.

Presented by a variety of UCR faculty and staff, from anthropologists to physicians and historians to psychologists, the conference will explore the role of stories in medicine and healing.

The role of stories has recently gained recognition as medical schools have introduced medical narrative programs, as is the case at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

One example of the role of narrative in medicine and healing came from Brian Fies, who in 2004, created a comic strip called “Mom’s Cancer” after his mother was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer.

Again the conference is April 26th and 27th and will be held at UCR’s Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside. It is free to the public, however registration is required.

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