Performing medical conversations: "Between" physicians and patients

Zeev Neuwirth, Stuart Schrader

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In this paper we introduce a shift in understanding patient-physician communication from the current individualistic, behavior-changing, patient-centered perspective, toward a more performative position. This postmodern shift reconstructs the collaborative doctor-patient plotline as involving a mutually-improvising ensemble performing an interweaving of biomedical and humanistic scripts in order to more effectively negotiate medical meaning together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in mind-body medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Performing medicine
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Postmodern medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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