Article in The Atlantic references Woods Nash

Sam Kean, writer for The Atlantic, published this week, “Why Doctors Should Read Fiction.” Much of Kean’s article rests on arguments presented by Woods Nash, PhD, in his recent paper, “Showing That Medical Ethics Cases Can Miss the Point,” which appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Literature and Medicine. In the paper, Nash argues that short stories involving ethical dilemmas can do more to “expand doctors’ worldviews and make them more attuned to dilemmas real patients face.” Ethics cases are used frequently in medical and nursing education, but have limitations that Nash argues can be addressed by fiction. Kean notes that short stories are not perfect, but stories can promote lesser-seen points of view.