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Nasruddin and the coin.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21555755     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many problems can be solved through following clinical guidelines and algorithms. In this essay, however, I explore the importance of narrative by connecting an ancient Middle Eastern teaching fable to a contemporary story of healing. A middle-aged Latina, Magdalena, comes to my residency clinic with chronic hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, and depression. Using standard biomedical approaches, I attempt to manage and cure these chronic conditions. After several months of failure, I seek the guidance of an eccentric mentor, who points me toward broader and deeper interactions with my patient. Ultimately, Magdalena heals herself through revisiting her past. Her story suggests that the cause of illness may sometimes be found outside the usual biomedical framework of explanation.
Peter A de Schweinitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of family medicine     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1544-1717     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Fam Med     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-10     Completed Date:  2011-09-08     Revised Date:  2011-11-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101167762     Medline TA:  Ann Fam Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Education, Medical / methods
Mind-Body Therapies*
Physician-Patient Relations*

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