The Meaning Of Illness And Symptoms

Jonathan Koffman*

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    This chapter looks at an investigation that was carried out of common and differing meanings of pain and symptoms in the narratives of White British and Black Caribbean patients with advanced cancer. According to the results of this research and these narratives, it has been determined that some of the Black Caribbean patients in the study did not view cancer as the most challenging experience that they had lived through. Other patients even talked about welcoming death as it connected them more closely with God.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNarrative and Stories in Health Care
    Subtitle of host publicationIllness, dying and bereavement
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages206
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191730214
    ISBN (Print)9780199546695
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2011


    • Advanced cancer
    • Black Caribbean
    • Death
    • Investigation
    • Narratives
    • Pain
    • Patients
    • Symptoms
    • White British

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