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Medical Humanities

Personhood: Causality of Modern Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The present state of health care in this country to an increasing extent involves strangers caring for strangers, with patients' narratives and life stories no longer a key element guiding decisions about their own health care.

After Acceptance

Adam Schickedanz, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Schickedanz, M.D.

Patients like Robert make clear that the very personal meaning patients find in their illnesses can be profoundly empowering. All too often, however, health care does not allow patients to explore the personal significance of their diseases.

Why Doctors Should Shoot

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Maybe when our new flock of medical students -- many of them immersed in all sorts of humanities programs -- become full-fledged doctors, we will no longer have the curbside conversations about inhumanities in medicine. That will be a relic of the past.

Literary Rx: Can Books Help in a Health Care Crisis?

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joanne Rendell

The health care crisis is also a cultural crisis. It is a crisis of how we think about health, illness and healing in our society.