Medical humanities is a method of promoting the discussion of health care issues by using literary texts. Poems, short stories and novels about illness can provoke us into discussing not only medical conditions but also the attitudes, emotions, and underlying cultural values of patients and carers. It helps students develop compassion and empathy. In professional practice, it develops and maintains reflective practice. The author defines and explains the nature of medical humanities.
She then gives specific examples and case studies, and provides appropriate pieces of literature so that the reader can use this text as a source book.
Author: Murray, Rowena
Title: Ethical dilemmas in healthcare: a practical approach through medical humanities
Publisher: London, etc., Chapman & Has ll
Written by a practising GP, the book critically examines early 21st-century NHS trends and also explores the broader scientific base underlying our ideas about health and the provision of healthcare. Drawing on his own experience, and upon case histories, contemporary literature and research reviews, the author discusses the different viewpoints of patients and doctors and gives a new slant on the sociology of medicine, urging a move from the mechanistic, to the holistic approach
in doctors’ attitudes towards their patients.
Author: Misselbrook, David
Title: Thinking about patients
Publisher: Petroc Press
“If you think that statistics has nothing to say about what you do or how you could do it better, then you are either wrong or in need of a more interesting job. Stephen Senn explains here how statistics determines many decisions about medical care, from allocating resources for health, to determining which drugs to license, to cause-and-effect in relation to disease.”
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Most books about medical statistics are ‘unreadable’ – either being intended as primers to teach you, or once taught, to act as a reference and recipe book. This book is different and using only the minimum of basic mathematics takes you to fascinating corners of medical statistics – providing historical and technical insights on the way. It’s very well written, never condescends and is really engaging. Five statistical stars from me for this one.
The Second Edition of Medicine as Culture provides a broad overview of the way medicine is experienced, perceived and socially constructed in western societies. Drawing on the tradition of the sociology of health and illness, Deborah Lupton directs readers to an understanding of medicine, health care, illness and disease from a sociocultural perspective.
Author: Lupton, Deborah
Title: Medicine as Culture