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Shakespeare for Physicians

This is wonderful! The Ottowa Citizen recently reported on a growing trend of adding literature studies into medical school and other non-humanities programs. Many literary greats have tackled medicine and science in their works, and now modern medical students are wrestling with them. After incorporating the literary studies, many schools have seen improvements in performance of the young doctors during their rounds. The benefits have also been seen in Economics programs.

As the article points out, in a way it is sad that we need to “prove” the usefulness of literature, or justify its inclusion in science studies, but if that’s what it takes to get people reading and thinking abstractly and creatively, so be it.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.