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CMLT 2800

Literature and Medicine
Course Time: 
MWF 11:15-12:05

M W F 12:20 pm-01:10 pm

M W F 01:25 pm-02:15 pm

Hours: 
3 hours
Spring 2014 Information: 

Issues of immediate interest to future doctors and psychologists and to anyone concerned with the role of medicine in modern life: empathy, illness, suffering, death, dialogue, relationships, and the power of the human story. The medium is literature and art, but the aim is interdisciplinary: a way to reinsert humanist understanding into a primarily scientific worldview.

Fall Semester Information: 
This course examines how literature—mostly novels and short stories—treat the tasks of a physician, in particular, and the medical field, in general. The chosen texts address the challenges facing physicians in their daily practice: empathy, illness and suffering, dialogue with patients as well as colleagues, the challenges of practicing medicine with little resources, and the power of the human story. Additionally, we will read literature written from the patient's point of view in order consider how literature integrates the health care world from all angles. Evaluation in the course will be carried out in paper writing. Those writing assignments will serve the additional purpose of pursuing the links between the writing and reading skills of a humanist and the diagnostic skills of a physician.
Course Description: 

Issues of immediate interest to future doctors and psychologists and to anyone concerned with the role of medicine in modern life: empathy, illness, suffering, death, dialogue, relationships, and the power of the human story. The medium is literature and art, but the aim is interdisciplinary: a way to reinsert humanist understanding into a primarily scientific worldview.

Semester course Offered: 
Offered spring semester every year
Grading System: 
A-F (Traditional)
Oasis Title: 
LIT AND MEDICINE
 
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