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Is empathy in clinical practice possible? [videorecording]

[presented by] the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
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Jane Macnaughton, M.B.Ch.B., Ph. D. (Professor of Medical Humanities and Co-Director, Centre for Medical Humanities, and Deputy Head, School of Medicine and Health, Durham, Durham, United Kingdom) explored the efficacy and potential dangers of utilizing empathy in clinical practice. Dr. Macnaughton traced the understanding and use of empathy, person-centered therapy, and the dialogic principle ("I and Thou") via the writings of Carl Rodgers and Martin Buber. She also illustrated the experience of provoked empathy or imaginative insight by fiction writers such as Sally Vickers ("The Other Side of You") and Sylvia Plath ("The Bell Jar"). Margaret E. Mohrmann, M.D., Ph. D. (Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Programs in Biomedical Ethics, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia), supported Dr. Macnaughton's concerns regarding empathy and highlighted other aspects such as a moral imperative, the imperialism of empathy, and the presumptuousness of empathy. Dr. Morhmann emphasized the importance of connecting with patients via questions and the basic values of attentiveness, concern, care, responsibility, and creating trusting relationships.
Panelists: Jane Macnaughton, Margaret E. Mohrmann; Moderator, Marcia Day Childress.
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Learning Objectives: 1. Learn about how medical humanities study involving literature and others arts may help learners develop imaginative insight into the experiences of others and, so cultivate empathy -- 2. Consider how the concept of empathy has been appropriated by medicine as a clinical "skill" and whether this makes sense in clinical practice.
The Medical Center Hour is produced by The Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Medical Center Hour's website is:
"Medicine & Society in Conversation."
"John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture." -- from program flyer
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HEALTH SCIENCES: C. 1 Located in Ivy Box H10-21G.
Medical center hour
John F. Anderson memorial lecture
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Medical center hour ; 10/20/10 John F. Anderson memorial lecture ; 10/20/2010
Medical center hour ; 10/20/10. John F. Anderson memorial lecture ; 10/20/2010.
Charlottesville, Va. : The University, [The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Historical Collections and Services], c2010.
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