Meaning in Suffering: Caring Practices in the Health Professions, Vol 6

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Title: Meaning in Suffering: Caring Practices in the Health Professions, Vol 6

Authors: edited by Nancy Johnston and Alwilda Scholler-Jaquish


Compelling, timely, and essential reading for health care providers, Meaning in Suffering addresses the multiplicity of meanings suffering brings to all it touches: patients, families, health workers, and human science professionals. Examining suffering in writing that is both methodologically rigorous and accessible, the contributors preserve first-hand experiences using narrative ethnography, existential hermeneutics, hermeneutic phenomenology, and traditional ethnography. They offer nuanced insights into suffering as a human condition experienced by persons deserving of dignity, empathy, and understanding.

Collectively, these essays demonstrate that understanding the suffering of the ‘other' reveals something vital about the moral courage required to heal—and stay humane—in the face of suffering.

Length: (print edition, ISBN-10: 0299222543; ISBN-13: 978-0299222543): 304 pages (paperback)

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 2007

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