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Lawrence Rothfield is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Vital Signs offers both a compelling reinterpretation of the nineteenth-century novel and a methodological challenge to literary historians. Rejecting theories that equate realism with representation, Lawrence Rothfield argues that literary history forms a subset of the history of discourses and their attendant practices. He shows how clinical medicine provided Balzac,...
A doctor reflects on his profession and his experience with patients in this brilliant essay collection that expands on his wildly popular Twitter poems. In medicine, every patient presents with a story. “Once upon a time I was well, and then...” These patient narratives are the beating heart of medicine, through stories we strive to communicate, to understand, to empathize, and perhaps find healing. These Vital Signs is a poignant series of essays—deeply...
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