Watch for: Bioethics and Medical
Issues in Literature, the 2nd rev. paperback edition,
published by the University of California Press in their “Pedagogy in
Medical Humanities” series.
Of all the recent books on the subject of Medical Ethics, this is far
and away the best for anyone interested in the way in which Medical
Ethics and Literature are related to one another. The author has used a
number of great works--fiction and nonfiction--to illustrate the theory
and practice of Medical Ethics. Her book surely will be read by students
and practitioners of medicine and literature. As one who has
participated in both of these disciplines, I recommend it highly.
The Surgeon Storyteller: The Life and Arts of Richard Selzer,
M.D., in two parts: "Reinventing his Life" and "Living by his
for Contents, Chapter 9 excerpt, and an essay on interviewing Dr.
Street Journal 10 July 2010) says Richard Selzer's Mortal Lessons
is among the five best books on doctor's lives.
(The New York Times 13 May 2007) recommends Richard Selzer’s Letters
to a Young Doctor as “prescribed reading” in his Harvard Class.
(Yale Daily News 3 March 2011) writes: “Whereas Emerson
thought, ‘the poet is the only true doctor,’ Selzer complicates matters
a bit, being one of the only true physician-writers writing today worthy
of Rabelais, Keats, Chekhov, and William Carlos Williams.”
For more information on
Dr. Stripling's Medical Humanities work, see
“The Diagnostic Embrace” [full
text of WSSA talk] and
Lectures [full text of Yale Medical School lecture].
Speaking Schedule lists current events.
her printed work is detailed, including Bioethics and Medical Issues
in Literature (Greenwood Press, 2005), a valuable
resource used worldwide for teaching the medical humanities.
At last, get
more teaching ideas at Medical
Humanities Curricula, Student Papers, and What the Students Say.
is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and
not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. —Constitution,
The World Health Organization
© 2012 Mahala Yates Stripling, PhD