Being Skeptical About the Medical Humanities
Journal of Medical Humanities. 1995 Winter; 16(4): 265-277.
In this paper the author challenges the prevailing view that contemporary writing in the medical humanities is serving the needs of the various health care disciplines. The current medical humanities literature assumes that physicians are the appropriate target group. This is most notably the case within health care ethics literature. There appears to be an unexamined assumption that physician-centric approaches to clinical ethical decision-making are the standard by which appropriate ethical practice is judged. The author challenges this assumption and addresses the problems that this approach engenders. The medical humanities literature appears to reinforce hierarchical, patriarchal arrangements which are themselves not morally neutral.
Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Caring; Case Studies; Communication; Cultural Pluralism; Decision Making; Education; Emotions; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethicists; Ethics; Females; Feminist Ethics; Health; Health Care; Hospitals; Humanism; Humanities; Interprofessional Relations; Literature; Males; Medicine; Narrative Ethics; Nurses; Nursing Education; Philosophy; Physician Nurse Relationship; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Rights; Social Dominance; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Students; Suffering; Uncertainty; Universities;