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Narrative Ethics

  1. Stephen C Brock

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005885



How to Cite

Brock, S. C. 2006. Narrative Ethics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Medical Education Consultant, Bexley, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Narrative ethics is one approach to medical ethics of the clinical encounter. Narrative ethics is the form of medical ethics that accounts for personal identity experienced as life-narrative. It expands the scope of ‘beneficence’ as it is usually manifest by the professional in the clinical encounter. It is a tool in the phenomenological analysis of illness experiences with the potential for influencing professional practice.


  • ethics;
  • narrative;
  • medical genetics;
  • medical ethics