Doctors in Medicine
This new blue book will explore the literary work of doctor-writers. In their writings, these doctors have reflected on the practice of medicine and the qualities of a good doctor. These doctor-writers urge us to pay attention to the patient's illness experience and life-world as well as the patient's ailing body and, in doing so, they allow us to rethink what it means to practice purposefully.
The sessions are discussion-led rather than the typical lecture format. Class discussions of these cases will explore questions about the role and the boundaries of the physician; the ethical obligations of medical professionals; and the role of narrative in understanding the doctor-patient relationship.
Course director, Benjamin Saxton, Ph.D., will lead all of the sessions. Dr. Saxton is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the McGovern Center and is also Visiting Instructor in the Program for Writing and Communication at Rice University.
All sessions are scheduled from 5:30—7:00 pm in room JJL 410 in the HAM-TMC/Jesse Jones Library Building.
|January 15||Course Introduction|
|January 22||Anton Chekhov, Ward Number 9|
|February 12||William Carlos Williams, The Doctors Stories|
|February 19||Dr. Seuss, You're Only Old Once|
|February 26||Richard Selzer, Letters to a Young Doctor|
For more information about or to register for this class, contact Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu