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J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2016 Dec;46(4):288-294. doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2016.416.

Medical humanities: some uses and problems.

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R Downie, Department of Philosophy, 69 Oakfield Ave, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8DN, UK. E-mail robert.downie@glasgow.ac.uk.

Abstract

The arts and humanities were allowed into the British medical curriculum in 1993 when the General Medical Council re-structured it in a paper entitled 'Tomorrow's Doctors'. Since then many medical schools have developed humanities modules and the broad term 'medical humanities' refers to these. They can contribute to medical education in at least three ways: as a supplement to what is already in the curriculum, especially for ethics and communication; as an outside critique of medical practice; and to personal and professional development. Nevertheless, there are practical problems concerning appropriate teachers and methods of assessment. Moreover, the dominant interest is now academic research rather than education.

KEYWORDS:

communication; critique of medicine,; ethics; medical education; medical humanities; professional development

PMID:
28504787
DOI:
10.4997/JRCPE.2016.416
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