Narrative medicine is a well established academic field and has been shown to increase clinical skill and improve the therapeutic relationship of those who study its principles (Banks et al, 1995; Jones, 1999). Literary analysis is a convenient means of fostering advanced communication skills. Moreover, the skills gained from such an education are highly applicable to everyday psychiatric practice. The evidence for the efficacy of narrative medicine is well established, and on this basis a strong argument can be made for its inclusion as a compulsory part of the current MRCPsych course.
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