oa South African Medical Journal - Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, Cheryl McLean (Ed.) : book review - izindaba

Volume 104, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Certain tenets of traditional medical education and practice are under review. Best practice tended to focus on scientific fact alone, discarding the complex story and emotional detail of a patient's circumstances as either falling outside the domain of medicine or being irrelevant to care. The relationship between patient and medical practitioner was left unexamined, except by a few pioneers like Balint.

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