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The Encounter between Oral History and Narrative Medicine: A Preliminary Study

The Encounter between Oral History and Narrative Medicine: A Preliminary Study
Other Titles
구술사와 서사의학의 만남, 그 시론적 탐색
구술사; 서사의학; 이야기; 서사; 몸; 질병; 기억; 치유; 사회; 원폭 피해 2세 환우; 김형률; Body; Healing; Illness; Kim Hyeongyul; Memory; Narrative; Narrative medicine; Oral history; Second Generation Korean Atomic Bomb Victims; Society; Story
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의사학(Korean journal of medical history), Vol.22 No.2 [2013], 357-388
In this article, we will examine the theory and practice of encounters between oral history and narrative medicine in view of storytelling. Man is a storytelling animal. Our experience is understood, reconstructed and transmitted as a story and we can find the meaning of life through a story. Oral history is a specific practice and method of research. It refers to the process of recording interviews with people who have something to say, transcribing the record and interpretating the written text to conduct the study of the past. Therefore story is a basic tool of oral history. There has been also growing interest regarding the narrative features of medicine. Especially the illness narrative is one of the most powerful tools in this context. An illness narrative is a patient’s story about his illness, including the meaning of the illness in his life. Illness as a specific event of life can only be understood through a story of patient.How can we combine oral history and narrative medicine altogether? We propose two subjects, one is ‘healing’ and the other is ‘the social’. The goal of medicine is healing of suffered people. It is well known that storytelling has a healing effect. Conducting oral history is not only ‘recovery history’ but also is helping people to have a well organized memory and integrate that into his whole life story. The use of oral history as a means of empowerment should be extended referring the healing effect of medicine.On the other hand, modern medicine has a tendency to reduce the problem of health and illness as an individual one. However story of illness can reveal the dominance of modern biomedicine in the contemporary and have political implications. Oral history deals with memory. Personal memory can only be understood in the context of social and cultural backgrounds. Collective memory is necessary in building community history. Medicine should learn from oral history’s social dimensions.In this context, life of KIM Hyeongyul who was activist for second generation Korean Atomic Bomb Victims will be a good example of encounters between oral history and narrative medicine.
1225-505X; 2093-5609
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