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Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature, 2nd updated paperback edition, U CAL Medical Humanities P (Pedagogy in Medical Humanities Series).

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Of all the recent books on the subject of Medical Ethics, this is far and away the best for anyone interested in the way in which Medical Ethics and Literature are related to one another. The author has used a number of great works--fiction and nonfiction--to illustrate the theory and practice of Medical Ethics. Her book surely will be read by students and practitioners of medicine and literature. As one who has participated in both of these disciplines, I recommend it highly. --Richard Selzer

---------------------------------------------------------------------Forthcoming: Mister Stitches, a biography of Richard Selzer, M.D.

See Book Chapter for Contents, chapter excerpt, and an essay on interviewing Dr. Selzer.


Abraham Verghese (The Wall Street Journal 10 July 2010) says Richard Selzer's Mortal Lessons is among the five best books on doctor's lives.

 Jerome Groopman (The New York Times 13 May 2007) recommends Richard Selzer’s Letters to a Young Doctor as “prescribed reading” in his Harvard Class.

Jay Dockendorf (Yale Daily News 3 March 2011) writes:  “Whereas Emerson thought, ‘the poet is the only true doctor,’ Selzer complicates matters a bit, being one of the only true physician-writers writing today worthy of Rabelais, Keats, Chekhov, and William Carlos Williams.”


     For more information on Dr. Stripling's Medical Humanities work, see The Diagnostic Embrace [full text of WSSA talk] and Lectures [full text of Yale Medical School lecture]. Speaking Schedule lists current events.

     In Publications her printed work is detailed, including Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature (Greenwood Press, 2005), a valuable resource used worldwide for teaching the medical humanities.

     At last, get more teaching ideas at Medical Humanities Curricula, Student Papers, and What the Students Say.  


Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  —Constitution, The World Health Organization

© 2014 by Mahala Yates Stripling, PhD 



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