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Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice

Nicole M. Piemonte


While many commentators have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medicine, their critiques, for the most part, have not considered seriously the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons why clinicians and medical students might choose to conceive of medicine as an endeavor concerned solely with the biological workings of the body. Thus, this book examines why it is that existential suffering tends to be overlooked in medical practice and education, as well as the ways in which contemporary medical epistemology and pedagogy not only perpetuate but are indeed sha ... More

Keywords: medicine, medical education, healthcare education, medical epistemology, medical pedagogy, medical school, medical student, medical training, hidden curriculum, residency, vulnerability, Medical Humanities, Health Humanities, Narrative Medicine, burnout, resiliency, mindfulness, ethics, philosophy, existential, Heidegger, Levinas, Kierkegaard, Bakhtin, physician formation, medical professionalism, professional identity formation, suffering, healthcare, ethics, compassion, empathy patient care, doctor-patient relationship, healing, death, dying, hospice care, palliative care, narrative, literature, healer, nursing, pre-medical education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037396
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole M. Piemonte, author
Creighton University