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What Goes Without Saying, the Story's Silent Twin

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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Some physicians are born to write, while others have writing thrust upon them. As one of the latter, 2013 Moore Lecturer Margaret Mohrmann discusses what she has learned from writing about doctoring. The act of articulating her experiences as a pediatrician and teacher has shown her, over time, much more about her encounters with patients, and about herself, than she could see at the time those events occurred - or even at the time she wrote about them. Rereading one's own stories and having others read (and co-construct) them can expose the "ghost" in the story - "the story's silent twin," as British novelist Jeanette Winterson puts it. What couldn't be said, or wasn't noticed, or was forgotten often gets written in anyway, quietly, between the lines and within word choices and narrative structures. The process of discovering what went unseen before cultivates in both writer and reader the practice of paying close, compassionate attention to what's happening now, an essential ingredient of good doctoring. The Moore Lecture
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Mohrmann, Margaret E., 1948-
Becker, Daniel M.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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