Toward an aesthetic medicine: developing a core medical humanities undergraduate curriculum

J Med Humanit. 2006 Winter;27(4):197-213. doi: 10.1007/s10912-006-9018-5.


The medical humanities are often implemented in the undergraduate medicine curriculum through injection of discrete option courses as compensation for an overdose of science. The medical humanities may be reformulated as process and perspective, rather than content, where the curriculum is viewed as an aesthetic text and learning as aesthetic and ethical identity formation. This article suggests that a "humanities" perspective may be inherent to the life sciences required for study of medicine. The medical humanities emerge as a revelation of value inherent to an aesthetic medicine taught and learned imaginatively.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / standards*
  • Esthetics*
  • Humanities / education*
  • Humans
  • Imagination