Rita Charon, MD, PhD
Charon R.; Medical Humanities. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-2-200207160-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(2):148.
Evans M, Finlay IG, eds. 292 pages. London: BMJ; 2001. $39.95. ISBN 0727916106. Order at http://www.bmjbooks.com.
Field of medicine: Humanities and medicine, medical ethics, and narrative medicine.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Physicians, bioethicists, humanities scholars who work in medical settings, specialists in patients' experiences of illness and the doctor–patient relationship, and students in health professions.
Purpose: To articulate the goals, justification, conceptual frameworks, and practice of medical humanities as it has developed in the United Kingdom.
Content: Sixteen essays divided into sections devoted to philosophical, pedagogic, and clinical dimensions of humanities and medicine. The authors include U.K. primary care physicians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, artists, and writers involved in medical practice and medical education. The reader receives a robust and eclectic picture of ways in which British medicine is being fortified and changed by knowledge from and habits of the humanities. The field of medical humanities is conceptualized as a contributor to the education of health professionals, a set of methods for examining and critiquing medical science, and a source of therapeutic interventions in the care of individual patients.
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