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Literature, Advocacy, Care
In Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care, Karen Laura Thornber analyzes how narratives from diverse communities globally engage with a broad variety of diseases and other serious health conditions and advocate for empathic, compassionate, and respectful care that facilitates healing and enables wellbeing.

The three parts of this book discuss writings from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania that implore societies to shatter the devastating social stigmas which prevent billions from accessing effective care; to increase the availability of quality person-focused healthcare; and to prioritize partnerships that facilitate healing and enable wellbeing for both patients and loved ones.

Thornber’s Global Healing remaps the contours of comparative literature, world literature, the medical humanities, and the health humanities.

family’s desperation does not augment the suffering of their dying loved one. The writings of Nobel Prize-winning Japanese author Ōe Kenzaburō (大江健三郎, 1935–) provide an important contrast with The Ones with Purpose . Ōe’s memoir Kaifuku suru kazoku (恢復する家族, A Healing Family, 1995) describes life with

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entirely, essentially attaining remission. 4 A focus on managing rather than curing avoids being distracted by “step-by-step behaviors that lessen suffering, even if they do not magically heal the disease” ( Kleinman 1988 : 229). But this focus on managing brings with it new challenges. Eric Cazdyn

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patients themselves desire and advocating on their behalf. Strengthening person-focused care – care that is free of stigma and is respectful, compassionate, and empathic – will enable health professionals to more successfully promote patient healing and optimize patient wellbeing. This is true regardless

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professionals, and even those closest to them can also cause significant suffering. Far from being integrated into communities of care where they are treated in ways that promote healing and enable wellbeing even when cure remains out of reach, individuals with adverse health conditions are all too frequently

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– further devastates people’s familial, social, and economic lives and further compounds the challenges of living, healing, and attaining a sense of wellbeing. 2 Ultimately, the meanings societies attach to certain health conditions and to people with these conditions can result in social if not outright

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Moderating assumptions, demolishing stigmas, and restoring and creating meaningful human connections are vital to increasing the healing and wellbeing of persons with Hansen’s disease, hiv / aids , and countless other health conditions. Yet despite recent progress in these areas, much work remains

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Lear discovers that the ideal of person-focused care – care that is respectful, compassionate, empathic, and enables healing and wellbeing – has yet to be realized. Lear develops a life-threatening infection from an intravenous line and experiences pain in her hip unlike any she has ever known. She is

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DeVita and even Jauhar – does not equate “giving up” on extending a person’s life with “giving up” on the person. 6 Instead, Lynn’s approach keeps people who are dying, and their desires, the central focus of her practice. Lynn acknowledges that healing has many configurations. 7 She is part of what

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, healing, and attaining wellbeing. 8 Since the inception of hiv / aids , much global literature that grapples with the disease – understood broadly as everything from oral and written poetry and drama to the novel and short story to memoir and other life writing, literary nonfiction, and investigative

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