Korean J Med Educ.  2015 Sep;27(3):163-165. 10.3946/kjme.2015.27.3.163.

Humanities in medical education: between reduction and integration

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  • 1Department of Medical Education, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. thhan5@skku.edu

Abstract

Reductive logic has been a major reasoning style in development of modern biomedical sciences. However, when "medical humanities" is developed by reductive reasoning, integrative and holistic values of humanities tend to be weakened. In that sense, identity and significance of "medical humanities" continue to be controversial despite of its literal clarity. Humanities in medical education should be established by strengthening humanistic and socialistic aspects of regular medical curriculum as well as developing individual "medical humanities" programs.

Keyword

Humanities; Integration; Medicine; Reduction
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