The Renewal of Generosity
Illness, Medicine, and How to Live
The Renewal of Generosity evokes medicine as the face-to-face encounter that comes before and after diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and surgeries. Frank calls upon the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin to reflect on stories of ill people, doctors, and nurses who transform demoralized medicine into caring relationships. He presents their stories as a source of consolation for both ill and professional alike and as an impetus to changing medical systems. Frank shows how generosity is being renewed through dialogue that is more than the exchange of information. Dialogue is an ethic and an ideal for people on both sides of the medical encounter who want to offer more to those they meet and who want their own lives enriched in the process.
The Renewal of Generosity views illness and medical work with grace and compassion, making an invaluable contribution to expanding our vision of suffering and healing.
A Hospitable Welcome
1. Lost in the Tunnel
2. The Dialogical Stoic
3. The Generosity of the Ill
4. Physicians' Generosity
5. "So that I can carry on"
6. Unfinalized Generosity
Royal Society of Canada: Lynch Medal in Bioethics