Henry Schneiderman, MD; Rosemaria Memoli Schneiderman, BS
Schneiderman H, Memoli Schneiderman R. Literature, Humanities, and the Internist. Ann Intern Med. 1995;122:618-619. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-122-8-199504150-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1995;122(8):618-619.
Literature can be intimidating to anybody, certainly to those of us whose backgrounds are largely scientific. But this need not be so. If we dredge our memories, most of us can recall a time, in youth if not since, when we greeted books and stories with anticipation. To do so again is to gain gratification, to participate more fully in the world, and to become a better internist.
The essay by Charon and associates in this issue  discusses in considerable and illuminating detail both the formal study of literature in medical schools over the last 23 years and related developments. As worthwhile as the endeavors chronicled by these authors are, many resident and staff internists still feel inadequate as reader-interpreters of novels, poems, and stories. Why is this so, and what can be done about it?
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