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PERSPECTIVES ON MEDICINE: THE DOCTOR- PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IN LITERATURE AND FILM

INTERNAL MEDICINE 7992 COURSE DIRECTOR: MARK MATHESON NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 16, 2005 FEB 13-FEB 24, 2006

Week 1

I. Doctors Perspectives

Chekhov, “A Doctor’s Visit”; Bulgakov, “The Steel Windpipe”

Williams, “The Practice” and “The Use of Force”

Thomas, “House Calls”; Abse, Poems

Week 2

Klass, “Invasions”; Ritchie, “Hospital Sketchbook”

Selzer, “Mercy” and “Imelda”

Selzer, “The Exact Location of the Soul”; Borgenicht, “Zachary” Dr. Lou Borgenicht will join us for a discussion of this essay.

Gawande, Complications (selections)

LeBaron, “Can the Future of Medicine Be Saved from the Success of Science?” Dr. Tess Jones joined us for this discussion.

Week 3 II. Third-Party Perspectives

Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (selections)

The film “Lorenzo’s Oil” (evening session) Dr. Eliot Brinton, a physician and actor in the film, will join us for a discussion.

Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (selections)

The film “The Doctor” (evening session)

Welty, “A Worn Path”

Week 4 III. Patients Perspectives

Hurston, “My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience”; Auden, Poems Carver, “What the Doctor Said” and other works Sontag, Illness as Metaphor (selections); Broyard, “Doctor, Talk to Me”

Orwell, “How the Poor Die” Students’ in-class presentation of creative projects

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