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.

Schedule for Spring 2014

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


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