The Humanity of Medicine

a case for literature and the subjective perspective in Medical Education

  • Erik Haensel UBCMJ


Many schools are incorporating the study of the Humanities into Medical Education. This growing and diverse field offers opportunities for students to strengthen their capacity for meaningful doctor-patient relationships. Literary fiction provides students with a unique opportunity to read cross-culturally and internalize disparate subjective experiences resulting in a greater capacity for empathetic communication.