Permanent Seminar by Teresa Casal and Maria de Lurdes Tavares

Teresa Casal (ULICES)

Title: “For the first time in my life, fiction has failed me”: Fiction, Illness and Medicine

Abstract: Narrative Medicine proposes the use of narratives, both fictional and autobiographical, in the scope of the training of health professionals. However, some suspicion persists about the credibility of fictional narratives to access the subjective experience of patients and caregivers. In this presentation I will reflect on the potentialities and limits of fiction to tell the disease from works on the threshold between fiction and nonfiction: "Multitudes" by Lucy Caldwell, whose narrator confesses: "For the first time in my life, fiction has failed me "; and My Name Is Alice, in which the neuroscientist Lisa Genova uses fiction to explain the experience of dementia from the point of view of the patient, thus counteracting the more frequent tendency to portray this disease from testimonies of caregivers. To what needs does fiction (not) respond when fiction writer Caldwell sees herself as the mother of a newborn baby at risk of life? How does the scientist Genova use fiction to represent the experience of a disease that resists the narrative order? How does each work challenge its readers?

 

Maria de Lurdes Tavares (Centro de Sangue e Transplantação de Lisboa, IPST, IP)

Title: "People First"

Abstract: Narratives, their important presence in art, life and culture, have been the subject of growing attention. In this group we are dedicated, in particular, to the study and practice of the narrative in Medicine.
Today, I bring you the account of the experience I am experiencing in the last year of my long medical career, where, instead of consulting patients, I consult with blood donors. It is different, but complementary. Narrative in Medicine also has its place here.
I will end with an idea that has been around for a long time and that I try to apply in my life: "People First".

 

Session chaired by António Duarte (FPUL)

 

October 25 | Room 5.2 | FLUL

March 2021
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