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From Reading to Healing : Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature, Paperback / softback Book

From Reading to Healing : Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature Paperback / softback

Edited by Susan Stagno, Michael Blackie

Part of the Literature and Medicine series


Learning how to behave and engage professionally can be one of the most challenging parts of embarking on a career in the medical field.

But using the 'power of stories' can teach, heal, and enlighten, encourage the development of empathy, and help healthcare providers appreciate who their patients are, not just what disease they have.

The humanities offer knowledge and skills that may move students toward becoming better physicians.

The incorporation of the humanities into the traditional medical education curriculum can truly make a difference. In this expansive anthology, Susan Stagno and Michael Blackie assemble an insightful group of contributors to discuss the ways in which medical professionals can powerfully engage with their students through a variety of literary texts.

Examples as diverse as Charles Bukowski, Leo Tolstoy, William Carlos Williams, Sherwood Anderson, Mary Shelley, Stephen King, the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, and the sayings of Buddha will provide both teachers and students a rich cache of stories for discussion and inspiration.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781606353691


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