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Poetry and the art of medicine

Christopher D Hogan
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (7): 362.

When I sit on medical curriculum advisory committees, I hear that the subjects studied and examined to gain entry to medical courses, and the courses themselves, have become too focused, too narrow, too mechanistic, too concentrated on sciences and biology. I hear that our students lack sufficient exposure to literature and philosophy to cope with the intense emotional impact of the blessing and the curse that is the life of a doctor. I worry that so many colleagues are at risk of emotional burnout.
Sunbury, VIC

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