Narrative-based medicine: a fundamental discipline for the physiotherapist
published in March - April 2019 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.2
Massimiliano Marinelli

The physiotherapist in clinical practice uses the hands, which professionally touch and are touched by the patient. This is a tactile dimension of medicine that calls for humanistic knowledge and understanding in the sense that, alongside the body as an ‘object’ and the disease as a phenomenon, the physiotherapist encounters a body that is a ‘person’ and a subject who is living his illness. Narrative-based medicine and the medical humanities represent the framework in which these reflections take place.