This review considers recent challenges to, and changes within, narrative medicine as a paradigm for humanities-based medical education. It suggests that, while narrative medicine has often been criticised for emphasising narrative at the expense of other dimensions of human experience, newer criticism has focused more on its relationship with other areas of medical knowledge. In different ways, recent work has shown greater interest in taking in humanities perspectives on their own terms, rather than (this is the charge against narrative medicine) instrumentalising them as diagnostic tools. The review concludes by considering how these criticisms might make their way into the institutional realities of medical education, as well as what they might learn from narrative medicine’s success.
- medical education
- literature and medicine
- narrative medicine
- Medical humanities
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Contributors AM is the sole author of the work.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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