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Medical humanities: arts and humanistic science
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 10, no 4, 385-393 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The nature and scope of medical humanities are under debate. Some regard this field as consisting of those parts of the humanistic sciences that enhance our understanding of clinical practice and of medicine as historical phenomenon. In this article it is argued that aesthetic experience is as crucial to this project as are humanistic studies. To rightly understand what medicine is about we need to acknowledge the equal importance of two modes of understanding, intertwined and mutually reinforcing: the mode of aesthetic imagination and the mode of analytical reflection.

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2007. Vol. 10, no 4, 385-393 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21377DOI: 10.1007/s11019-007-9081-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-21377DiVA: diva2:595051
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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