Claims for the fundamental role of narrative and of metaphor as cognitive instruments have been taken up by scholars in a wide range of disciplines, but with little communication between the champions of the two perspectives. In the medical context, the narrative medicine movement has worked systematically and gained strong institutional support, while the exponents of metaphor in medicine, even though their research and writings are prolific, have not been so well organized and have achieved less recognition. The Binocular Vision project brings together medical practitioners and scholars from several disciplinary perspectives working on medical discourse who are willing to observe the fields of health, illness, and medicine through both the lens of narrative and the lens of metaphor, thereby gaining, it is hoped, a more three-dimensional view. This issue includes articles on the role of narrative and metaphor in patients' accounts of their experience, in doctor-patient communications and therapy, in creative work by doctors and patients, in professional medical concepts, and in public health policy, ethics, and education.

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