Putting Humanity Back Into Medicine

Jun 6, 2011

Doctors get years of training in medicine, but what’s often left out is humanity.

The relationship between doctor and patient is among the most important many of us will have in their lives, yet it’s becoming increasingly depersonalized thanks to overwhelming patient loads.

But there’s a growing field of study - and practice - that aims at putting the humanities back into doctor’s training...to better treat the humans they serve.

Today we’ll look at “Narrative Medicine” and the “Medical Humanities” and how programs at Yale and Columbia are training physicians in poetry as well as anatomy.

Is compassion the missing link in better health outcomes?  Can a more well rounded doctor provide more compassionate treatment?