How can you encapsulate the essence of medical humanities and teach it to health professionals? Medical Humanities is designed to fill the need for a clear, well illustrated text that both provides the principles for the individual reader, and encourages discussion. The issues are explored in four main sections:
Based on a highly successful seminar, and with contributions from leading writers, thinkers, and teachers, this book provides a comprehensive and authoritative reference for what is becoming a professional requirement in medicine. It will be invaluable for clinicians and students alike.
The nature and role of the medical humanities.
Society, community, well being.
Evaluating the outcome of arts and health initiatives.
Medical record as catalogues of experience.
Section 2: Patients and Professionals.
The consultation as Rubik′s cube.
The new genetics – re–telling and re–interpreting an old story.
Poetry as a key for healthcare.
Spirituality as an integral part of care.
Section 3: Changing Attitudes.
Creative arts in the medical curriculum.
Why medical humanities now?.
Medical humanities – means, ends and evaluation.
Section 4: Understanding Medical Knowledge.
Validating the facts of experience in medicine.
The humanities role.