Studying Shakespeare’s performs might assist medical college students join extra intently with their sufferers, recommend the findings of a latest examine by a palliative care physician.

Writing within the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr David Jeffrey, of the Department of Palliative Medicine on the University of Edinburgh, investigated how the playwright’s empathic strategy – the power to grasp and share the sentiments of one other – can improve the patient-doctor relationship.

Dr Jeffrey said that the concept feelings are disruptive and must be managed is deeply ingrained in medical training and follow, contributing to docs distancing from sufferers.

The coronavirus pandemic, with the necessity for private safety, social distancing and video consultations has, he says, created challenges to establishing empathic relationships between sufferers and docs.

He argued {that a} examine of Shakespeare’s performs could also be a artistic manner of enhancing empathic approaches in medical college students. Drawing on references from The Tempest, As You Like It and King Lear, he wrote, “It is remarkable that Shakespeare’s work remains relevant today. It seems that he had an ability to anticipate our thoughts, particularly in times of crisis.”

Dr Jeffrey described the best way Shakespeare depicts the world from the opposite individual’s viewpoint, not simply their understanding, however their feelings and their ethical views. This strategy, he wrote, creates an area for interpretation and reflection, to expertise empathy. “Creating such a space for reflection is a central part of clinical practice and medical education,” he said.

He added, “Shakespeare speaks through times of crisis, underlining the centrality of empathic human relationships. Medical humanities are often on the fringes of medical education but should be central to medicine culture change. A special study module would be one way of introducing Shakespeare studies to the undergraduate curriculum.”


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