In Your Words  |   April 2017
Can the Humanities Humanize Health Care?
Author Notes
  • From the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine (Student Doctor Baltonado), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in Chevy Chase, Maryland (Dr Cymet). 
  •  *Address correspondence to Tyler Cymet, DO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231. E-mail: tcymet@gmail.com
     
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In Your Words   |   April 2017
Can the Humanities Humanize Health Care?
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2017, Vol. 117, 273-275. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.046
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2017, Vol. 117, 273-275. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.046
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Science can exist without context just as medicine can exist without patients, but should it? Data supporting a need for medical students to learn literature, philosophy, language, religion, art, and music are limited, but study findings indicate that the humanities can enhance empathy in medical students.2 
Sir William Osler, MD, asked, “Will study of the humanities counter overspecialization and narrowness?”3 In osteopathic medicine, one might ask, “Can study of the humanities reinforce the osteopathic philosophy that emphasizes care for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit? How do we develop a better appreciation or understanding of our patients?” 
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