PBS 486 - Narratives in Illness

This two- week or four-week reading course involves the student in reading first-person narratives of psychiatric and medical illness, with one or two short pieces of fiction. Students will read a variety of such written works with the objective of understanding the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in the dynamics of the illnesses, and the importance of social context and the strength of personal coping and of social support as important elements in the person’s recovery. The student will them prepare a written work with the guidance of the course director at the conclusion of their study.
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