“Narrative Medicine: bridging the gap between evidence based care and medical humanities” will be published in Italian in July

copertina EffediThe book “Narrative Medicine: bridging the gap between evidence based care and medical humanities” will be published in Italian in July under the title “Medicina Narrativa: colmare il divario tra Cura Basata sulle Evidenze e Humanitas Scientifica” by Casa Editrice Fischio d’Inizio.

The translation will be edited by Roberta Invernizzi, participant of ISTUD’s Master in Narrative Medicine and, in addition, a person who has asked herself a precious question: why are the most important books on Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities mainly in English and not available in Italian? First of all, I would like to say that my book written in English is certainly not among the most important: I am thinking of other books that have inspired, older, such as that of Rita Charon, Honouring the stories of illness, or Byron Good who told us about the different ways of conceiving health according to the cultural context of origin.

Secondly, it is true that English is a price to pay if you want to remain on the international scene, and more, to make known the thought “made in Italy” abroad. I also liked him writing in another language, very rich in neologisms and drier in its structure. But now, thanks to Fischio d’inizio, a Piedmontese publishing house to which Springer has ceded the rights to the book, this text will be available in Italian also for the request of many people who for two years have continued to ask … but when does the translation come out? I am also interested in communicating the editorial idea of Fischio d’Inizio, which has taken up Roberta Invernizzi’s proposal and which therefore intends to publish in Italian the “cornerstone” books on narrative medicine: from Launer to Good to Charon…in relation to the agreements between the various international publishing houses.

The fact remains, however, that narrative medicine was not born with a recent person or a school, but in the classics you can already find the big questions and answers for the care.


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Epidemiologist and counselor – 30 years of professional life in health care. Classic humanistic background, including the study of Latin and ancient Greek, followed by scientific academic studies, chemistry and pharmacology. First years of career, in private international environment. I worked in medical research, moved to health care organization, getting academic specialization in Epidemiology. Later, in consultancy and health care education. Counselor with transactional analysis orientation. Currently, director of Innovation in Health Care Area of Fondazione ISTUD, an independent not for profit Italian Business School with an humanistic approach acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Researech.. Active member of the board of Italian Society of Narrative Medicine, tenured professor of Narrative Medicine at Hunimed, Milan, and in 2016, referee for World Health Organization for “Narrative Method in Public Health.” Writer of the book; “Narrative medicine: Bridging the gap between Evidence Based care and Medical Humanities,” edited with Springer and of international publications on narrative medicine in scientific journals. Last book “The Languages of care in narrative medicine: words, space and sounds in the healthcare ecosystem”. Lecturer in different international contexts from Academy to Public and Private Foundations.

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