Danielle Spencer is the author of the forthcoming Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Academic Director of the Columbia University Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program, her scholarly and creative work appears in diverse outlets, from The Lancet to Ploughshares

Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and 2020 Yaddo Fellow. Lives in New York city.

Metagnosis: Revelator Narratives of Health and Identity, by Danielle Spencer - book cover

“In this important and compelling volume, Danielle Spencer charts complex questions of self and identity, of normality and exceptionalism, exploring with elegance and skill the links between theory and personal experience. Her work is brave, lucid, and insightful.”  — Andrew Solomon


"Unlike any other book I've read, Metagnosis is hard to describe but easy to praise. Radiant with originality, deeply researched, ever absorbing, this thrillingly ambitious hybrid of medical, cultural, and personal history is also a work of passionate imagination."  — Sigrid Nunez 

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