“Here’s the Story. . .”: Essential Elements of Essential Narratives About Health Care

Ellen Ficklen


Literary nonfiction can plunge readers into a world where they come to know the characters involved and to care about them. Writers help us see, feel, smell, taste, and touch what's going on. They disclose telling details: while talking to the grieving family, did the doctor stand, leaning back against the wall or sit with them, hunched forward, looking the mother in the eye? Whichever way, the description is illuminating.

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