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Narrative Medicine: How Listening Heals


Recent data show that a patient gets to speak for an average of 12-15 seconds before a doctor interrupts. The practice of narrative medicine, which favors listening to patients, finding the story behind an illness, and fostering empathy, has seen a resurgence in recent years. In this hour of All Sides, we'll explore the surprising ways in which stories can heal the body.


  • David Small, author of the graphic novel Stitches
  • Dave Filipi, Director of Film and Video Arts at the Wexner Center for the Arts
  • John Vaughn,  doctor at OSU Student Health Services and Narrative Medicine conference organizer

Event The Wexner Center for the Arts, and Ohio State are co-sponsoring Narrative Medicine in the 21st Century: A Multi-disciplinary Conference  and a Film and Comix Series.