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The humanistic side of medical education

Solomon Benatar


The hope of teaching the humanities in medicine is that improvement in attitude and practice may result from sensitising students to the many complex social and ethical issues faced in healthcare, and through providing them with insight into the role of moral reasoning in ranking potential solutions with justifying reasons and transparency.

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Solomon Benatar, Bioethics Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Canada

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(1):3. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9043

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-10-15
Date published: 2014-11-11

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