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Premedical students perceive that they have little time and still less need to study art, literature, and religion. Once in medical school, they receive highly specialized vocational training. Including study of the humanities in medical education is not a new idea; however, only a fortunate few have been taught by outstanding medical humanists, and such studies were often only fragments to be caught on the fly.
Bertman's book made me regret that I and so many other doctors had missed her insights into the mystery, misery, and mastery of grief. Students presented with these insights may discern what practitioners take
Facing Death: Images, Insights, and Interventions. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:880. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-116-10-880_2
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