Obviously in a reblogging mood (AKA being lazy? AKA being reflective? AKA being irritatingly self-referential? AKA being all of the above?) here is a perhaps rather worthy piece on stories in medicine…..
Cecil Helman was a South African-born GP who died in 2009 of motor neurone disease. He was also an anthropologist whose textbook, Culture, Health and Illness, remains a key reference and teaching text for medical anthropology. His approach to medicine, and life, is summed up in the words of one of his obituaries:
For Cecil literature and art were as important as the science of medicine. He was fascinated by people, their cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the narratives of their illnesses, their interaction with…
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