© Healing by Wesley Usher. Spring 2020 Intima A Journal of Narrative Medicine

The Healing Book

From the editors of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine: “The Healing Book” by Dustin Grinnell is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of a married couple’s attempts to cope with a terminal cancer diagnosis. ‘David’s eyes welled up with tears, and he put the book aside and laid down beside his wife. He seemed to finally accept the fact that a book would not give Laura more time.’ This powerful moment also illustrates, by contrast, the particular anguish of the isolated last moments of many COVID patients, made necessary by the chaos of known and unknown risks of COVID transmission in overburdened spaces of care.”

Read “The Healing Book” on Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. This story was also published in the 2020 edition of Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. Read the story here.