In Their Own Words: Personal Narratives in Medicine
For January 2022, our monthly book display highlights personal narratives in the health sciences. These titles provide unique insight into some of the most pressing topics in the medical field. It features authors of various backgrounds and disciplines recounting their experiences through mediums such as memoirs, essays, and graphic novels. Themes range from mental health issues and clinical experiences to race and HIV stigma. Some specific titles include:
- Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me – A graphic novel in which the author delves into the relationship between her creativity and her recent bipolar diagnosis.
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness – A memoir in which the author recounts her experience with a rare autoimmune disease which caused her body was attacking her brain.
- Black Man in a White Coat – Damon Tweedy’s memoir which explores race and medicine through his personal experiences as a medical student and doctor.
- When Breath Becomes Air (Also available as an ebook) – An examination of terminal illness through the lens of a neurosurgeon diagnosed with lung cancer.
- First Year Out – A graphic novel which explores the transition of the main character, Lily, based on the author’s own experiences as a trans woman.
Additional titles available as eBooks and through our Summit Service are included below:
Ebooks are available to any currently enrolled student, staff, or faculty member and can be accessed by signing in with OHSU credentials.
- The Nearness of Others Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV – David Caron
- Bleeder: A Memoir – Shelby Smoak
- Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
- Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag – A. K. Summers
- My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinsons – Peter Dunlap-Shohl
Summit is a resource sharing service that provides access to books and audio-visual media from throughout the Northwest. This service is available free of charge to any currently enrolled OHSU student, staff, or faculty member. Books check out for 6 weeks with an optional one-time renewal.
- A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back – Kevin M. Hazzard
- The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care – Anne Boyer
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed – Lori Gottlieb
- When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon – Joshua Mezrich
This display is located at the front entrance of the Library on the 3rd floor of the BICC building and will be available through January 31. Look for next month’s display at the beginning of February. Those interested in exploring narrative medicine further can check out the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and their annual facilitator training.