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Medicine and Humanistic Understanding

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Jerry Vannatta is John Flack Burton Professor of Humanities in Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine and former Executive Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Ronald Schleifer is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of English and Adjunct Professor in Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Sheila Crow teaches pediatrics and is Program Director for Curriculum Development for the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. The series from the University of Pennsylvania Press marks a breakthrough in multimedia resources for higher education, offering scholarly and educational titles authored exclusively for DVD-ROM.


"The DVD is exceptionally user-friendly and well-organized. The videos are easy to use and view, and the numerous Internet links provide ample opportunity for further reading. It is enjoyable to hear commentary about their own works from such notable authors as Sacks and Selzer. Verghese's commentary is particularly refreshing and insightful."--JAMA "An interdisciplinary team at the University of Oklahoma has produced a high-quality DVD offering a concise self-study course in narrative medicine... Each of the disk's six units offers a stimulating mix of introductory texts alongside excerpts from prose and poetry, which are used as the basis of commentary and analysis. Throughout there are insightful video clips from round-table discussions with some of the leading exponents of the medical humanities community."--Lancet "In the case of the DVD Medicine and Humanistic Understanding: The Significance of Narrative in Medical Practice, we find technology in the service of literature and medical humanism, and it is a remarkably successful experiment, which enhances, enlivens, and inspirits the once-predictable academic text... This DVD is, in fact, an exercise in phronesis or, as defined in the text, intellectual virtue, informed by compassion, trustworthiness, and discernment brought to bear on ... the stories we tell each other about life, death, and everything in between."--Literature and Medicine

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