Relational Concepts in Medicine

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Edited by Mario Deng, Federico Raia and Maria Vaccarella
ISBN: 978-1-84888-073-3
File Type: eBook (.pdf)

This volume captures the results of the 9th Global Conference on Making Sense of Health, Illness, and Disease, Oxford (UK), September 2010, tackling the conceptual lack of 1) relating the diseased organ function to the person who "owns" their body (the ill person), 2) relating the ill person to their health care providers (the health encounter), and 3) relating the health encounter to the societal normative framework.

Description

In contemporary highly technically developed medicine, the accomplishments of the scientific revolution and products of scientific discovery are translated into practice. The conceptual focus of this practice is on the diseased organ function. This volume captures the results of the 9th Global Conference on Making Sense of Health, Illness, and Disease, Oxford (UK), September 2010,  tackling the conceptual lack of 1) relating the diseased organ function to the person who "owns" their body (the ill person), 2) relating the ill person to their health care providers (the health encounter), and 3) relating the health encounter to the societal normative framework. The particular strength of the HID series is 1) the rule of completely trustful openness to share provocative  thoughts in a safe space with other professionals and 2) the documentation of this evolving process in e-format  and printed format for an ongoing networking across continents and disciplines. The chapters in this collection greatly expand our understanding of the multifaceted roles of healthcare provider, patient and carer, and their interrelatedness.

Table of Contents

Introduction 
Mario C. Deng, Federica Raia and Maria Vaccarella

Part 1 Healthcare in Practice

The Relational Act: A Proposal to Improve the Practice 3

of Medicine

Mario C. Deng and Federica Raia

Iron Meets Clay in Sculpturing Emergency Medicine: A Multidimensional Sense-Making Approach
Roberto Forero, Peter Nugus, Geoff McDonnell and Sally McCarthy

Part 2 Perspectives on the Patient

Is Breast Cancer Delay Really the Patient's Fault? 
Karla Unger-Saldaña and Claudia Infante-Castañeda

Making Sense of The English Patient
Imola Mikó

Medicalization of Patient's Medical Complaints
Claudia Infante-Castañeda

Part 3 Perspectives on Healthy Living

Integrating the Imperatives of Healthy Living in Everyday Life
Roma Harris, Philippa Spoel and Flis Henwood

Obesity, Physical Activity and Healthful Nutrition: What does the Pastor Think?
Ruthy Watson

Part 4 The Sociality of Biology: The Individual-Environment Relation

Stimulus and Response: Rethinking the Nature of the Allergic Body
Michelle Jamieson

The Ecological Significance of Brain Plasticity 
Florence Chiew

Part 5 Healthcare and Society

The Implications of e-Health as a Universal Problem Solution Frame
Blaž Ilc

Reflection on Nordenfelt's Concept of Health in the Framework of the Ethics of Social Consequences (Non-Utilitarian Consequentialism)
Katarina Komenská

Part 6 Health Beliefs

Making Choices about our Vision of Health: Closing the Eyes or Bathing the Eyes
Golanna Ashtari Talkhestani

Exploring Belief and Behaviour: Toward Human Flourishing in Places of Realized Potential
Janis Bragan Balda and Walter C. Wright

The Emotional Engineer: Emotional Control and Troublesome Rests in Swedish Self-Help Books
Linda Berg

Part 7 Health Issues in Childhood and Youth

Determining the Health of Children in Wales 
Karen Jones, Yvonne Tommis and Catherine Robinson

Using Innovative Methods to Help Young People Reflect on the Meaning of Growing up with Cancer
Peter Lewis, Julie Mooney-Somers, Christopher Jordens, Kris Smith and Ian Kerridge

How Children Made Sense of the Flu Pandemic 
Lígia Lima and Marina Serra Lemos

Part 8 Perceptions of Health and Illness

Safe Healing Environments 
Aileen Collier

An Evolving Normal: Making Sense of Renal Dialysis via Online Discussion Boards
Natalya Godbold

Young Indigenous People Responding to a Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnosis: Accounts of Resilience
Julie Mooney-Somers, Anna Olsen, Robert Scott, Angie Akee and Lisa Maher

Cognitive Advantages in Patients of Schizophrenia and Paranoid Ideation
Zaeema Riaz, Sarwat Jahan Khanam and Riaz Ahmad


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About the Author(s)/Editor(s)
Mario C. Deng, M.D., formerly Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Transplantation Research in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, is currently Director of the Advanced Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support/Heart Transplant Program at UCLA.

Federica Raia, Ph.D., formerly Associate Professor in the Departments of Earth and Athmospheric Sciences and Education of City College of New York and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, is currently in the Schools of Education and Medicine as well as Co-Director of the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program at UCLA.

Maria Vaccarella is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London (UK). Together with Mira Crouch, she is Joint Leader of the Id.net Hub “Making Sense of “, as well as Project leader of “Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease”. Her main research interests are: the application of the premises of narrative medicine to the field of epileptology, the use of graphic pathographies in medical and patient education, and cancer narratives, with a specific focus on the socio-cultural implications of Western breast cancer discourse.

Key Words
Relation between person and body, relation between patient and health professional, relation between health encounter and society, medical humanities, doctor-patient relationship, medical empowerment

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