Book Display: Personal Narratives in Medicine

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, & MeA graphic novel in which the author delves into the relationship between her creativity and her recent bipolar diagnosis.
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessA 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 OutA 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.

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.

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.

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