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The Healing Power of Storytelling by Annie Brewster, MD
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Feb 01, 2022 | ISBN 9781623176693

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“In these pages, Dr. Annie Brewster quotes philosopher Daniel Dennett, who said ‘words are potent elements of our environment,’ and shows us the agency we have to shape our narratives—the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—to bolster our sense of self and, above all, meaning. Through her own struggles, the stories of patients and participants in Healing Story Sessions, a dive into research on narrative identity, and a practical framework for storytelling, Dr. Brewster gives us an important guide for moving forward amidst struggle, using the power—the surprising, moving, mighty power—of words.”
—Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, clinical associate professor of medicine, Stanford University, and widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air

“Annie Brewster’s new book is revelatory. With the authority that comes from being a patient and a doctor simultaneously, Brewster is able to excavate the deep power of storytelling. The stories and journeys she shares—her own and others’—are riveting. The Healing Power of Storytelling is an invaluable guide for patients, families, medical professionals, and all of us ordinary mortals grappling with life.”
—Danielle Ofri, MD, PHD, author of What Doctors Feel

“A beautifully written and compassionate work that highlights how deeply storytelling—by patients and doctors—helps recovery, health, and, ultimately, healing.”
—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

The Healing Power of Storytelling is a thoughtful self-help resource with guidance for finding meaning in the face of life-changing illnesses. Its work is profound and insightful, imparting genuine hope without false promises.”
—Foreword Reviews, starred review

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