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Meaning in Suffering
Caring Practices in the Health Professions,
Volume 6

Edited by Nancy Johnston and Alwilda Scholler-Jaquish

Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences


Volume six in the award-winning healthcare series

Compelling, timely, and essential reading for healthcare providers, Meaning in Suffering addresses the multiplicity of meanings suffering brings to all it touches: patients, families, health workers, and human science professionals. Examining suffering in writing that is both methodologically rigorous and accessible, the contributors preserve first-hand experiences using narrative ethnography, existential hermeneutics, hermeneutic phenomenology, and traditional ethnography. They offer nuanced insights into suffering as a human condition experienced by persons deserving of dignity, empathy, and understanding. Collectively, these essays demonstrate that understanding the suffering of the "other" reveals something vital about the moral courage required to heal-and stay humane-in the face of suffering.

Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences
Nancy L. Diekelmann and Pamela M. Ironside, Series Editors


Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., RN, is associate professor of nursing at York University, Toronto, Canada. Alwilda Scholler-Jaquish, Ph.D., APRN, is associate professor of nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Of related interest, from the Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences series:

First, Do No Harm
Power, Oppression, and Violence in Healthcare, Volume 1
Edited by Nancy L. Diekelmann
Awarded the 2003 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year, Public Interest and Creative Works

Teaching the Practitioners of Care
New Pedagogies for the Health Professions, Volume 2
Edited by Nancy L. Diekelmann

Many Voices
Toward Caring Culture in Healthcare and Healing, Volume 3
Edited by Kathryn H. Kavanagh and Virginia Knowlden
Awarded the 2004 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year, Nursing Education and Continuing Education.

Beyond Method
Philosophical Conversations in Healthcare Research and Scholarship, Volume 4
Edited by Pamela M. Ironside

Listening to the Whispers
Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare, Volume 5
Edited by Christine Sorrell Dinkins and Jeanne Merkle Sorrell


the cover of Meaning in Suffering is brown, with circle elements in grey.

June 2007

LC: 2006031772 BF
320 pp.  6 x 9


The cloth edition for this title, 978-0-299-22250-5, is out of print.

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