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Featured Review - Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer

At Cambridge Scholars, we recognise the importance of work that strives to cut across disciplinary boundaries and shine fresh light on older, well-worn topics. In particular, we welcome and encourage scholarship that bridges the gaps between the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, and we are delighted to share news of a new review of a recent book that does precisely this.

Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer looks to The Iliad and The Odyssey by the legendary Greek poet Homer for inspiration in rethinking contemporary medicine. Jointly authored by Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley, the book promotes a new kind of medicine and medical education fit for the 21st century, but envisages this through the ancient lens of Homer’s two epics. This year, the book has been reviewed in the latest issue of Medical History by Neil Vickers of King’s College London, and below is Vickers’ summarising thoughts:


"We need more books like this one: books that revel in the moral complexity of clinical work and that initiate fruitful dialogues across disciplines to explore it. Marshall and Bleakley see medicine as an art as well as a science and use Homer as a model of what style, presence and refinement might mean in a clinical context. Their book is a salutary intervention at a time when medical education is increasingly laying on algorithmic habits of mind. They evoke the human dimension of medical practice as skilfully as the best physician writers: Rita Charon, say, or Jerome Groopman. At a time when the humanities are in retreat in medical schools, this book offers much-needed food for thought to anyone wanting a detailed account of how the humanities might contribute to clinical training."

Neil Vickers, King's College London

Medical History 62/3 (2018)


The book is available to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

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