‘Poetry contest reminds trainee medics that patients are people, not machines’
An absolutely brilliant idea...
The "brutalising" effect of medical training, with its heavy focus on hard science, has long concerned John Martin.
Now, the professor of cardiovascular medicine at University College London has done something to tackle the problem, which he argues can leave medics "thinking about people as molecular machines rather than as whole human beings with 'souls'".
"The humanities can help doctors understand that they are not engineers but have both a scientific and a human function in relation to their patients," he explained.
Some of the poems submitted can be read at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=417480&c=1