Abstract

A story about postoperative pain care initiates an exploration of thinking with stories, as opposed to thinking about stories. One story leads to another, and the initial story about hospital care morphs into the medieval romance of Parzival, the knight who must learn to ask the right question of someone in pain. Learning to ask the right question is presented as an example of Aristotle's concept of phronesis, a type of knowledge that is not adequately recognized in contemporary medicine.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6571
Print ISSN
0278-9671
Pages
pp. 209-225
Launched on MUSE
2005-01-27
Open Access
No
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