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Accounting for Dystonia: Personalising Illness Through Narrative

Camfield, Laura (2004) Accounting for Dystonia: Personalising Illness Through Narrative. In: Narrative, Memory & Identity: Theoretical and Methodological Issues. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 175-181.

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      This paper explores how people living with dystonia, a chronic neurological
      condition involving involuntary muscle spasms in multiple body parts, use
      narrative to make sense of illness by linking past, present and future, and
      giving their condition personal meaning (what Early calls the “customisation”
      of illness) (Early, 1984). It draws on a life-history interview with Sarah, a
      woman in her thirties living with generalised dystonia to show how people
      integrate their condition into their lives, and looks more generally at how
      narratives of causation are used to make sense of illness.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2009 09:35
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:14


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