Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Reconstructing a self: early trauma and the healing power of narrative

  • Blood and pernicious anemia

    Omar AlzarkaliBatavia, New York, United States Blood is powerful. The mere sight of it can cause an adult to fall to the ground; as a medical student, I have seen it happen. Faces go pale and legs can no longer carry their weight as they succumb to this primitive reflex. Perhaps this vasovagal response happens…

  • Reconstructing a self: early trauma and the healing power of narrative

    Mary Shannon Portland, Oregon, United States   We carry with us every story we have ever heard, and every story we have ever lived. — Rachel Naomi Remen  As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and the only child of a single mother on welfare who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, a healthy development of self…