Drs. Thomas Cole, Nathan Carlin, and Ronald Carson authored Medical Humanities: An Introduction, a textbook that brings the humanities to students in order to evoke the humanity of students. Using concepts and methods of the humanities, the text addresses undergraduate and pre-medical students, medical students, and students in other health professions as well as physicians and other healthcare practitioners. The material encourages the reader to consider the ethical and existential issues related to the experience of disease, care of the dying, health policy, religion and health, and medical technology. Case studies, images, discussion questions, and role-playing exercises help readers to engage in the practical, interpretive, and analytical aspects of the material, developing skills for critical thinking as well as compassionate care.
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“Medical Humanities is a wonderful text, a brilliant tour de force by three individuals who had much to do with the creation of this discipline. The subject of humanities as it pertains to medicine is now systematically taught in many medical schools; I can see this work would be a great asset to students as well as those who teach the subject. This volume will find a prized place on my shelf.” –Abraham Verghese, Stanford University; Founding Director fo the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, San Antonio; and author of Cutting for Stone
“Rarely has the phrase ‘it’s about time’ been more appropriate in medical education than with the publication of Medical Humanities. Its coverage is extraordinary. Crisply written, melding originality and synthesis into a tight, fascinating narrative, it fills an enormous gap in our curriculum. I can’t wait to use it.” –David Oshinsky, Director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University Medical College, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History for Polio: An American Story