Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy

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The 293-page book, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, is a compilation of 46 essays drawn from the popular Narrative Matters section of Health Affairs, the nation's leading health policy journal. Since its inception in 1999, Narrative Matters has offered first-person accounts that illustrate the impact on real people of the health policy issues that are addressed in more academic form in the rest of the journal. Essays in Narrative Matters discuss a variety of topics, including sections on writing to change things, hard financial realities, patients' stories, disparity dilemmas, and practical ethics, among others.