Best Preparation for Doctors?
excerpted from an essay by Michael McGrath,
Coordinator of Inquiries
Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College
A student who has grappled with the eternal questions
posed by philosophers and wrestled vicariously with the moral dilemmas
dramatized by great novelists is much more open to the true complexities
inherent in much of medical decision making.
Moreover, the advances of modern medical science have
opened up a vast array of treatment possibilities which were previously
unthinkable, but which also have spawned a multitude of ethical dilemmas.
The ethical decisions that will withstand the test of time need to be
made by physicians and scientists who know much more than the scientific
principles underlying a new procedure. They must have a deep understanding
of the values which undergird civilization and an appreciation of what
it means to be truly human.
My 30 years of experience teaching and advising premedical students and
my extensive interactions with medical schools on projects like the Kaiser
Foundations General Education of Physicians Study have convinced
me that this understanding comes best from a broad exposure to our cultural
roots, such as that found in a liberal arts education.
Read McGraths complete essay at Liberal Arts Online: http://www.liberalarts.wabash.edu/liberalartsonline/archives/medicine.html
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