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Literature in our medical schools

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Original languageEnglish
Pages1337-1340
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Journal publication dateJun 1998
Journal number431
Volume48
StatePublished

Abstract

Despite many relevant benefits, the study of literature has been rejected by medical schools this century. However, the role of literature and the arts is coming to the fore again in many branches of medicine, including education, leading to a broader approach to medical practice than the purely scientific approach. This is likely to enrich the profession and individuals therein. As well giving as a wider general education, areas of medical training and practice that a literary education will benefit directly include critical reading and appraisal, communication skills, history taking, 'surrogate experience', understanding the role of the physician, ethics, and self-expression. Many of these are central to our understanding of good medical practice.

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