Clinical medicine is about patients. Here you will meet all sorts of patients-patients telling their stories; patients expressing themselves through theater, dance and poetry; imaginary patients, dying patients, patients in pieces and patients seeking to become whole.

Using the arts, you will learn about many aspects of patients' experiences-about topics such as pain, depression, sexuality, domestic violence, grief, obesity, aging and death. You will learn how these experiences relate to you, the nurse or physician, and to the culture and health care system in which they take place. As you move through the reflective exercises created here for you, you will refer to scientific studies and clinical material that will deepen your understanding of medical practice and teach you the art and science of medicine.






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