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Can reading make you better doctor?

Check out this story about medical schools using literature like Virginia Woolf and Leo Tolstoy to help foster empathy and lower barriers between doctors and patients…they are calling it “narrative medicine”

A second-year resident at Saint Barnabas, Dr. Benjamin Kaplan, had this to say about the effects of the program on his fellow residents, “Their management of patients changed. They remembered to do things that I don’t think they would have otherwise done, like always talking to the family, gently touching patients, and continually explaining the course of treatment and what the doctors are thinking so patients know.”

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