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Medical Humanities: An E-Module at the University of Manchester

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The importance of humanities in the medical curriculum is increasingly recognized. For example, in the United Kingdom, The General Medical Council (GMC), which is an independent body established under the Medical Act 1858 and responsible, among other things, for fostering good medical practice and promoting high standards of medical education, in its publication Tomorrow’s Doctors, encouraged inclusion of humanities in the medical curriculum. Literature, arts, poetry, and philosophy are thought to foster the doctors’ ability to “communicate with patients, to penetrate more deeply into the patient’s wider narrative, and to seek more diverse ways of promoting well being and reducing the impact of illness or disability.”

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8. One illustration of his pieces is available at http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/ah785/allisonhop/29198-large.jpg

9. A similar exhibition with a focus on radiography was held in London in 2009; see The Londonist Review: The arts of medicine at the BIR; available at http://londonist.com/2009/03/review_the_art_of_medicine_at_the_b.php (last accessed 26 May 2010).

10. One image is available at http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/print/2007/4/pieta-michelangelo.jpg. A wonderful detail can be found at http://www.artknowledgenews.com/files2008/pieta500.jpg (last accessed 26 May 2010). The photo was taken by Aurelio Amendola and published in Michelangelo, La Dotta Mano, FMR, Collezione Privata; 2008.

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17. Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piergiorgio_Welby (last accessed 26 May 2010).

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32. See note 26, Buelens et al. 2007:711.

33. See note 26, Buelens et al. 2007:713.

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I thank Dr. Caroline Boggies for the support given to this enterprise. My gratitude to Professor Margaret Brazier for having read and commented on this paper. A special thanks to the 30 students who have volunteered to take this course and who have contributed to make it so interesting for me.

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