The moral education of medical students

TitleThe moral education of medical students
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsColes, R
JournalAcademic Medicine
Publication Languageeng
Keywordseducation , Education, , ethics , Ethics, , Female , Humans , in , Literature , Male , Medical , Medical, , MEDICINE , Morals , Premedical , undergraduate
AbstractThe author discusses how literature can be used to help medical students reflect morally on their day to day actions, and the professional responsibility of doctors. As an example, the author looks at George Eliot's novel Middlemarch, in which a doctor, early in his career, wanders from his idealistic commitment to serving the poor. The author goes on to discuss how many of us (physicians included) forsake certain ideals or principles, until we find ourselves caught in lives whose implications we have long ago stopped examining, never mind judging.
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