Brown, S., H., ed.
|Genre||Anthology (Mixed Genres) (214 pp.)|
|Keywords||Abandonment, African-American Experience, Aging, Alcoholism, Cross-Cultural Issues, Death and Dying, Depression, Disability, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Empathy, Family Relationships, Family Relationships, Father-Son Relationship, Freedom, Homicide, Human Worth, Illness and the Family, Love, Medical Advances, Medical Ethics, Medical Ethics, Mental Illness, Native-American Experience, Obesity, Physician Experience, Poverty, Psycho-social Medicine, Psychotherapy, Rape, Society, Suffering, Survival, Trauma, Urban Violence, War and Medicine, Women's Health|
|Summary||This is an anthology of 32 pieces, many directly relating to war and its aftermath, or, in general, kinds of violence humans inflict upon each other and the ensuing suffering: hence the title, "echoes of war." The pieces include short fiction, essay, a dozen poems, and a photo collection. Since none are lengthy, this is a good reader to supplement other longer texts or to serve as an anthology for a reading group. A short essay, "Suggested Longer Readers," mentions some three dozen pivotal topics, including "homecoming" and "sense of identity." |
|Commentary||Editor Suzanne Hunter Brown (Dartmouth) has led a Literature and Medicine reading and discussion group at Vermont's White River Junction Veterans Adminstration Medicine Center since 2005. This is a fine collection, with variety by theme, format, and subject. There are well-known writers (Hardy, Tennyson, Williams), but mostly writers from 1960 onwards, with a blend of men and women, minority and ethinic voices, physicians and nurses. Brown organizes the entries by author's names in alphabetical order, leaving readers to make their own groupings.|
If I were leading a reading group, I'd suggest:
Between Patient and Caregiver, including pieces by John Stone and William Carlos Williams;
Damage to Body and Mind, including pieces by Nancy Mairs and Atul Gawande;
War, Violence, Bloodlust, including pieces by Thomas Hardy and Andre Dubus, as well as an extraordinary photo collection by Platon of military, veterans, wounded survivors, and family;
Multicultural Aspects, including pieces by Wanda Coleman, Louise Erdrich, and Arthur Kleinman; and
A Reprise, including Atul Gawande, Flannery O'Connor, and Raymond Carver.
The readings are powerful, individually and collectively, and saddening. Will humans ever stop maiming, raping, humiliating, killing each other?
|Publisher||Maine Humanities Council|
|Editors||Suzanne Hunter Brown|
|Place Published||Portland, Maine|
|Miscellaneous||This volume is part of the Maine Humanities Council's initiative "Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care," a nationwide reading and discussing program (see: www.mainehumanities.org).|
|Annotated by||Carter, III, Albert Howard|
|Date of Entry||02/23/10|