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In My View  |   April 2018
Toward a Renewal of Patient Care: Insights From Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD
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  • From the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (Fr Laracy) and the College of Health and Medical Sciences (Dr Kelly) at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Fr Joseph R. Laracy, SM, STL, Seton Hall University, 400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079-2646. Email: joseph.laracy@shu.edu
     
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Psychiatry
In My View   |   April 2018
Toward a Renewal of Patient Care: Insights From Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on April 16, 2018. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.074
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Published Online First on April 16, 2018. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.074
In their April 2017 article “Can the Humanities Humanize Health Care?”,1 Baltonado and Cymet raise a number of fascinating issues with regard to osteopathic medical education and clinical practice. They begin by mentioning that some recent studies have shown concrete benefits of exposing medical students more intentionally to topics in literature, philosophy, language, religion, art, and music, as they may relate to the theory and practice of medicine. Next, the authors ask 2 excellent questions: “Can [the] study of the humanities reinforce the osteopathic philosophy that emphasizes care for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit [emphasis added]? How do we develop a better appreciation or understanding of our patients?” We suggest that the writings of the distinguished Austrian professor of neurology and psychiatry, Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD, might provide an approach toward a renewal of patient care, viewing humans in a more holistic way: body, mind, and spirit. 
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