Humanities special studies modules: making better doctors or just happier ones?
- Royal Free and University College Medical School, London
- Address for correspondence: Dr D Kirklin, the Medical Humanities Unit, Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF.
“ … the sensitivity of the artist may equal the knowledge of the scientist. Both have the same object, nature, and perhaps in time it will be possible for them to link together in a great and marvellous force which is at present hard to imagine.”1
These are exciting times for medical humanities in the UK, with artists and scientists working hand in hand to help deliver a more humanistic approach to health care.2 The existence of this journal and the wealth of innovative work it reports in this issue bear testimony to the enthusiasm and creativity of those active in the field. Throughout the country educators are taking up the challenge contained in the General Medical Council's (GMC) Tomorrow's Doctors3 and are developing and delivering humanities special study modules (SSMs) to complement the core medical …