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Montaigne’s essays: emotions and empathy

David Jeffrey Edinburgh, Scotland   Michel de Montaigne. François Seraphin Delpech. 19th century. Bibliothèque de Bordeaux. The term empathy was coined a little over a hundred years ago and since then its definition has evolved. At first empathy was regarded as a sharing of emotions, but modern medicine emphasizes cognitive aspects of the concept.1 Regarding […]

Incurably curious: mystery and drama in clinical case reports

Julia Dahlkamp London, United Kingdom     Thomas Sydenham, 1688 Mary Beale National Portrait Gallery, London Introduction In recent years the genre of the written medical case report1 has come to be regarded as unscientific, a form of anecdotal evidence low in the hierarchy of study designs.2 Clinical geneticists, on the other hand, have emphasized […]

Making medical education interesting and exciting

Anuradha Joshi Gujarat, India Can we make an education system which will retain smiles on the faces of our children?1 Abdul Kalam Image by Anuradha Joshi   At a time when doctors are confronted with a veritable explosion of new facts and information, teachers in medical schools should face up to the challenge of instilling […]