Rejecting Medical Humanism: Medical Humanities and the Metaphysics of Medicine [Book Review]

Journal of Medical Humanities 29 (1):15-25 (2008)

Abstract

The call for a narrative medicine has been touted as the cure-all for an increasingly mechanical medicine. It has been claimed that the humanities might create more empathic, reflective, professional and trustworthy doctors. In other words, we can once again humanise medicine through the addition of humanities. In this essay, I explore how the humanities, particularly narrative medicine, appeals to the metaphysical commitments of the medical institution in order to find its justification, and in so doing, perpetuates a dualism of humanity that would have humanism as the counterpoint to the biopsychosociologisms of our day

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Jeffrey Bishop
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Bioethics as Biopolitics.Jeffrey P. Bishop & Fabrice Jotterand - 2006 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (3):205 – 212.
Bioethics as Ideology: Conditional and Unconditional Values.Tom Koch - 2006 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (3):251 – 267.
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