Title Diagnosis
Subtitle Truths and Tales
Author Annemarie Goldstein Jutel
ISBN 9781487522261
List price USD 29.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 232
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Diagnosis is exciting and important for its close focus on scenes of diagnosis and their recurrence and significance in lived experiences and cultural representations (including film and graphic narrative). Jutel gives us enjoyable and accessible tools for thinking critically about the illness narratives that shape our lives.”

Martha Stoddard Holmes, Literature and Writing Department, California State University, San Marcos

“Annemarie Goldstein Jutel offers a fresh and insightful examination of how patients and doctors shape stories of diagnosis. Her eminently readable scholarship reveals the power of these narratives to transform our lives – our identities, roles, and futures. This book will help both physicians and patients navigate the difficult terrain of illness and medical care.”

Martha Montello, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Blavatnik Institute at
Harvard Medical School

“This book makes a needed contribution to conversations about health humanities and cultural studies and medicine, while hitting the right tone and balance for an interdisciplinary audience. Using a broad swath of cultural materials, including movies, books, graphics, and other expressions of popular culture, Annemarie Goldstein Jutel builds an enjoyable interaction with the book.”

Sarah de Leeuw, Northern Medical Program and Geography Program, University of Northern British Columbia

“Annemarie Goldstein Jutel’s work provided me with a respite from my cancer, even though I was reading about cancer.”

Raquel Scherr, University Writing Program and Summer Abroad Program, University of California, Davis

“Annemarie Jutel is our most knowledgeable scholar of diagnosis, and diagnosis sets the tone for how patients experience their illnesses. Jutel tells many tales of diagnosis from multiple perspectives, ranging from medicine to popular culture, showing diagnosis to be less a moment than a process, and less a solution than an initiatory gesture.”

Arthur W. Frank, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary


The announcement of a serious diagnosis is a solemn moment when directions shift, priorities change, and life appears in sharper focus. It is also a moment when a story takes shape. It is a story we are able to imagine, even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, because the moment of diagnosis is as pervasive in popular media as it is in medicine.

Diagnosis: Truths and Tales shares stories told from the perspectives of those who receive diagnoses and those who deliver them. Confronting how we address illness in our personal lives and in popular culture, this compelling book explores narratives of diagnosis while pondering the impact they have on how we experience health and disease.


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Foreword: Giving the Story Back–by Lisa Sanders



Chapter 1. A Touch of the Flu: The Paradoxes and Contradictions of Diagnoses

Chapter 2. Whose Stories? Narrative Exchange and Self-Diagnosis

Chapter 3. “The Expertness of His Healer”: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and the Power of a Profession

Chapter 4. “The News Is Not Altogether Comforting”: Fiction and the Diagnostic Moment

Chapter 5. Breaking Bad: The Diagnostic Moment in Film and Television —with Thierry Jutel

Chapter 6. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: The Graphic Diagnosis — with Ian Williams

Chapter 7. The Intellectual Documentary: Methods for Understanding the Diagnostic Moment

Chapter 8. What’s There to Tell? Diagnosis-as-Mystery




About the Author:

Annemarie Goldstein Jutel is Professor of Health at Victoria University of Wellington.

Target Audience:

Useful for both physicians and patients, and also for people interested in health, cultural studies and medicine.

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