Jo Ann Middleton, PhD; Purnendu Sen, MD; John R. Middleton, MD
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Middleton JA, Sen P, Middleton JR. Literature and Medicine: Contributions to Clinical Practice. Ann Intern Med. 1995;123:965-966. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-123-12-199512150-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1995;123(12):965-966.
TO THE EDITOR:
Charon and associates  delineate the goals and admirable achievements of the field of literature and medicine. They present scholarly theory and justification for literature courses in medical schools to strengthen the “human competencies of doctoring.” The companion editorial by Schneiderman and Memoli Schneiderman  advocates a workable plan of action for practitioners so that ill-at-ease physicians who left the “ambiguities of the humanities” for the “concreteness of science” can enjoy literature. In 1993, we described one solution to this academic and clinical tension: a humanities program designed for internal medicine residents and intended to enhance their “humanistic qualities” , to deepen their understanding of ethical issues, and to offer stress reduction during these crucial years of training . Incorporating the humanities into residency training should be a serious objective of any internal medicine residency program that hopes to produce internists who integrate humanistic and ethical values, clinical skill, and technological understanding.
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