Narrative Bioethics: How Stories Matter

Apr 23, 2008

Presenter: Martha Montell, Ph.D

Visiting professor Martha Montello, PhD, presented “Narrative Bioethics: How Stories Matter” on Wednesday, April 23 in the Riley Out-Patient Center (ROC) Auditorium.  Dr. Montello identifies how basic guidelines from the narrative model can help structure moral thinking about difficult medical ethics cases.  She describes two recent hospital ethics cases which demonstrate the utility and transformative power of bringing narrative concepts and techniques to the center of the work of clinical ethics.  She also illustrates how narrative methods provide a necessary complement to legalistic, philosophical, and normative methods for analyzing ethics cases. 

Dr. Montello is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she also chairs the Pediatrics Ethics Committee.  She holds a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Maryland and has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland, Yale Medical School, and Harvard Medical School, teaching literature, ethics, and writing.  She is the author of numerous publications in professional journals and the co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (Routledge, 2002).  She currently directs and teaches courses in medical ethics, and publishes research work in the areas of medical ethics, literature and medicine, and the patient-physician relationship.

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