Medical Education & Humanism


Literature and Movies for Medical Students


Published: 06/2001 in Family Medicine


There is growing concern that the human dimension of the physician is receding in the face of technological advances. The frequent dissatisfaction of patients points more to the human deficiencies of the medical professional than to the physician?s technical shortcomings. The recuperation of this human dimension is therefore a significant challenge to medical education. Medical schools have the obligation to prepare students for the moral and ethical questions they will face in their professional lives. Since medicine is a profession dealing with people, any means to improve the understanding of the human being across all dimensions will be valuable in creating better doctors. Historically, various medical schools have included the humanities in their curricula, and recent publications emphasize the continuing importance of the humanities to

medical education.

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