Arthur W. Frank is professor at VID Specialized
University in Bergen, Norway, and core faculty at the Center for Narrative
Practice in Boston. His training in medical sociology culminated in a Ph.D.
from Yale in 1975, and he became an authority on illness and storytelling. His 1991
memoir of critical illness, At the Will
of the Body, and his 1995 study of illness narratives, The Wounded Storyteller, are both now in second editions. His
methodological book Letting Stories
Breathe: A Socio-Narratology (Chicago, 2010), uses literary concepts to
help explain how stories shape people’s lives. Frank is an elected Fellow of
the Hastings Center and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, which awarded
him the Abbyann Lynch Medal for Bioethics in 2008.
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