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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.

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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 08:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 22:52


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