Against narrative medicine

O'Mahony, S. (2013) Against narrative medicine. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 56 (4). pp. 611-619. ISSN 00315982 (ISSN)

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This essay aims to provoke debate on how and what the medical humanities should teach. It argues that the field has been dominated (to its detriment) by two misguided movements, postmodernism and narrative medicine, and that it should be redirected from utilitarian aims towards the goal of exposing medical students to a climate of thought and reflection. © 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Additional Information: Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: PBMEA; Correspondence Address: O'Mahony, S.; Division of Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland; email:; References: Barnes, J., (2008) Nothing to be frightened of., , London: Jonathan Cape; Brody, H., Defining the medical humanities: Three conceptions and three narratives (2011) J Med Humanit, 32, pp. 1-7; Charlton, B., Life before health: Against the sentimentalising of medicine (1998) Faking it: The sentimentalisation of modern society, pp. 21-38. , In ed. D. Anderson and P. Mullen, London: Penguin; Charon, R., Narrative medicine: A model for empathy, reflection, profession, and trust (2001) JAMA, 286, pp. 1897-1902; Holloway, M., (2005) When medicine meets literature., , Sci Am, April 25; Holmes, D., Deconstructing the evidence-based discourse in health sciences: Truth, power and fascism (2006) Int J Evid Based Healthc, 4, pp. 180-186; Hooker, C., Noonan, E., Medical humanities as expressive of Western culture (2011) Med Humanit, 37, pp. 79-84; McNaughton, J., The dangerous practice of empathy (2009) Lancet, 373, pp. 1940-1941; McNeill, P.A., The arts and medicine: A challenging relationship (2011) Med Humanit, 37, pp. 85-90; Newman, J.H., (1858) The idea of a university: Defined and illustrated., , London: Longmans, Green; Nuland, S.B., (2010) How we die., , edition. New York: Vintage Books; Snow, C.P., (1961) The two cultures and the scientific revolution., , London: Cambridge Univ. Press; Sokal, A.D., Transgressing the boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity (1996) Social Text, 46-47, pp. 217-252; Strawson, G., Against narrativity (2004) Ratio, 17, pp. 428-452; Sutherland, J., (2010) Fifty literature ideas you really need to know., , London: Quercus; Tallis, R., (2004) Hippocratic oaths: Medicine and its discontents., , London: Atlantic; Woods, A., The limits of narrative: Provocations for the medical humanities (2011) Med Humanit, 37, pp. 73-78
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitude to health; doctor patient relation; education; emotion; empathy; health personnel attitude; human; humanities; medical education; medical student; physician; physician attitude; psychology; verbal communication; Attitude of Health Personnel; Education, Medical; Emotions; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Narration; Physician's Role; Physician-Patient Relations; Physicians; Students, Medical
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