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The Healing Art of Writing

  • Author(s): UC Medical Humanities Consortium;
  • Editor(s): Baranow, Joan, PhD;
  • Dolan, Brian, PhD;
  • Watts, David, MD
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY-NC-ND' version 3.0 license
Abstract

The pieces in The Healing Art of Writing bring together caregivers and patients who share a passion for writing about the mysterious forces of illness and recovery. A belief shared among all contributors is that being cured of a disease is not the same as being healed, and that writing poetry and prose brings us to a place of healing. Our subject is the body, our medical experiences widely diverse; our goal is to express through literature what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts our lives.

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