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The Renewal of GenerosityIllness, Medicine, and How to Live$
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Arthur W. Frank

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226260150

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.001.0001

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Lost in the Tunnel

Lost in the Tunnel

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(p.12) Chapter One Lost in the Tunnel
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The Renewal of Generosity
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Arthur W. Frank

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226260259.003.0002

This chapter discusses “The Tunnel,” which appears in a little book with a provocative title, When a Doctor Hates a Patient and Other Chapters in a Young Physician's Life, coauthored by the late Enid Rhodes Peschel, who was codirector of the medical humanities program at Yale Medical School, and Richard Peschel, a radiologist. Each chapter begins with a story told in the first person by Richard Peschel, describing some incident in his medical residency and early career. Enid Peschel then discusses various literary texts that expand the issues in Richard's story. The tunnel is an evocative metaphor of the experience of being ill. Stories of being diagnosed as having a life-threatening or life-altering illness. Barbara Rosenblum suggests being in a psychic tunnel as she evokes her receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer. The tunnel is an equally evocative metaphor for institutional medicine: the organizational and physical structures within which care is offered.

Keywords:   tunnel, Enid Rhodes Peschel, Richard Peschel, illness, Barbara Rosenblum, institutional medicine, The Tunnel, breast cancer

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