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Is Literature Healthy?: The Literary Agenda

Josie Billington (Liverpool University)

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Oxford University Press
13 October 2016
True crime; Literary studies: from c 1900 -; Psychology; Medicine: general issues
Medical Humanities comprises disciplines as diverse as literature, the visual and performing arts, the history of medicine, bioethics. It claims a vast range of philosophical and political agendas, goals and purposes, including the education of medical students in areas of clinical empathy, critical thinking, ethical awareness, gender and race issues and cross-cultural medicine. Josie Billington argues that in so far as literature is offered as adding value to medical education in health training and practice, that defence tends to become instrumental in nature, whether consciously and explicitly, or otherwise. While it is understandable that a movement concerned to restore lost balance and past integration should have risked these instrumental tendencies, its well-intentioned tactics and concessions compromise the power of the arts as a remedial force. Following an introduction surveying 'The Idea of the Medical Humanities, History and Development, Ancient to Present', the book's four chapters explore illness and health, narrative and storytelling within the therapeutic meeting of medical and literary approaches, contemporary models of literary reading as a template for redefining literature's place and power within both Medical Humanities and the wider world, and the future of Medical Humanities.
By:   Josie Billington (Liverpool University)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   168g
ISBN:   9780198724698
ISBN 10:   0198724691
Series:   The Literary Agenda
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   13 October 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Josie Billington is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Reading at the University of Liverpool.

Reviews for Is Literature Healthy?: The Literary Agenda

we desperately need more books like Billington's that address us quietly and clearly, about something very basic. Literature and the literary have lost their cachet in our field. If you want to know why it should be restored, read this book. The case could not be better made. Neil Vickers, BMJ blog The medical humanities have become more complex and more theoretically savvy over the years. But we desperately need more books like Billingtons that address us quietly and clearly, about something very basic. Literature and the literary have lost their cachet in our field. If you want to know why it should be restored, read this book. The case could not be better made. Dr Neil Vickers, edical Humanities


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