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Patient and Healthcare Professional Narratives: Illness Narratives at Gumberg

Written Narratives

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy With Autism

Naoki Higashida, with KA Yoshida and David Mitchell

Random House, 2013

RC553.A88 H5313 2013

Location: 2nd Floor

Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

Theresa Brown

HarperStudio, 2010

RT120.I5 B76 2010

Location: 2nd Floor

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

Edited by Lee Gutkind

InFact Books, 2013

RT34 .I2 2013X

Location: 2nd Floor

Multimedia Narratives

American Splendor

HBO Video, 2003

DVD 3065

Location: AV Materials - 5th Floor


Tig Notaro

Secretly Canadian, 2006

CD 6714 Vol. 1-2

Location: AV Materials - 5th Floor

God Said "Ha!"

Julia Sweeney

Miramax Home Entertainment, 2003

DVD 3063

Location: AV Materials - 5th Floor

Searching for Health Care Narratives

You can use Quick Search in order to find these narratives. The Gumberg Library has many physical copies of healthcare narratives and you can use your search terms to limit it by disease. You can also use search terms to limit the author of the narrative, either a patient or a physician.

You can access Quick Search either by following this link, or finding the box on the main page of Gumberg's website. For our purposes, click on the Advanced Search link.

Once at the Advanced Search page, you'll have to enter search terms. A list of possible search terms is below, but feel free to explore possible searches on your own.

You can use search terms to specify a particular illness, or whether the narrative is produced by a physician, nurse, or patient.

illness OR disease autism
cancer physician
HIV OR AIDS nurses
narratives bipolar disorder
lived experience public opinion

Using "AND" in your search between terms will pull materials where both terms show up and using "OR" in your search will show materials where either one of the two terms is available. For example, "(HIV OR AIDS) AND narratives" will show all materials that include all instances of HIV, AIDS, and both HIV and AIDS as long as they also contain "narratives." Let's try it.

Just type your search terms into the first white space. Make sure you are performing a Keyword search in order to get the most results. We will narrow down our search later.

Using these terms will do a search for: "HIV AND narratives" and "AIDS AND narratives." You can start to narrow your search by clicking on the catalog tab at the top of the page. This will limit your search to only physical materials available at the Duquesne University libraries.

Additionally, from either the CatalogPlus or Catalog tab, you can use the sidebar to the left in order to refine your search further.

For additional help, you can Ask a Librarian here, contact the creators of this guide, or visit the library in person.

Subject Guide

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David Nolfi

Youth and Children's Narratives

Stitches: A Memoir

David Small

W.W. Norton & Co., 2009

PN6727 .S54465 S75 2009

Location: 5th Floor, Curriculum Center

Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

Judd Winick

Henry Holt, 2009

RC607 .A26 W5726 2009X

Location: Curriculum Center - 5th Floor

Graphic Novels

our cancer year

Our Cancer Year

Joyce Brabner & Harvey Pekar

Running Press, 1994

RC265.6.P.P45 B73 1994AX

Location: 2nd Floor

cancer vixen

Cancer Vixen

Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Knopf, 2006

RC280.B8 M343 2006

Location: 2nd Floor