I am currently working with a number of institutions to develop Medical Humanities in North Carolina. Medical Humanities includes all manner of integrating he Arts into Medical environments and practices to support genuine relationships and experiences shared by patient and healer.
There are things we never say to our doctors, and there are things doctors never say. These unsaid things form a delicate intersection and dangerous distance in the examining and counseling room. Narrative medicine seeks to close this space by increasing the attention we pay one another and ourselves. Diagnosis becomes a moment of sacrament as caregivers embrace rather than squander the power found in illness, the power to create a space for solution if solution is possible, to power to accept death if it isn’t.