JOANNE TRAUTMANN BANKS, Ph.D.; K. DANNER CLOUSER, Ph.D.; ROBERT L. SEVENSKY, Ph.D.; STEVEN STOWE, Ph.D.; E. A. VASTYAN, B.D.; ARTHUR ZUCKER, M.A.
To the editor: Students of the humanities are indebted to Kenneth S. Warren for his attempt to spot the "mirages" of medical humanities education (1). It is especially interesting that medical school applicants whose majors are in the humanities have a relatively higher acceptance rate than that of students (still a far greater number) majoring in the natural sciences.
We believe, however, another mirage or two may be shimmering between the lines of Dr. Warren's brief discussion. One is his unexamined notion that the humanities in a medical school curriculum are best described as "compensatory" or "remedial" with respect to
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BANKS JT, CLOUSER KD, SEVENSKY RL, STOWE S, VASTYAN EA, ZUCKER A. The Humanities in Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:270. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-270_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):270.
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