1st Edition

The Art of Medical Communication Bringing the Humanities into Clinical Practice

By Charlie Guy Copyright 2024
    226 Pages 9 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    226 Pages 9 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    226 Pages 9 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The field of medical humanities is growing rapidly and offers many valuable insights for medical education generally and for enhancing and improving communication specifically. Through practical and thought-provoking examples, this innovative new text demonstrates how engaging with the arts and humanities can benefit the work of doctors and make them better, more effective practitioners with a focus on achieving this through better communication and by stimulating self-reflection.

    Key features:

    • Utilises modern and familiar examples, including case studies, to illustrate and explore language and communication skill deployment in a variety of given scenarios
    • Reflects the increasing use of online consultation and the associated importance of ensuring effective communication in virtual settings
    • Describes several models for reflective practice
    • Supported by a selection of eResources to enhance reader experience and understanding; visit www.routledge.com/9781032272726

    This new book is written specifically for medical students, junior doctors and medical educators looking to develop or teach communication skills. It will instil and support the background understanding of the role, need and ongoing requirement for humanities engagement in self-development and reflection to enhance and improve the experience of both the practitioner and the patient.

    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    2. 1a. Establishing Rapport - People are Social Animals

      1b. When Rapport Breaks Down

      1c. The Role of the Humanities within Professional Distancing

      1d. Models of Communication

      1e. Modes of Communication

    3. Chapter 2: A Definition of the Humanities
    4. 2a. The Two Hemispheres

      2b. C.P. Snow - The Great Divide

      2c. What Can the Humanities do for Science?

      2d. Cool Story, Poe - Theory of Mind

      2e. The Notes Between the Notes Between the Notes: Talking to Eds Chesters

      2f. Issues of Accessibility

    5. Chapter 3: The Role of the Humanities in Medicine Through Time
    6. 3a. Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus (Frankenstein)

      3b. Typhoid Fever: There’s Something About Mary Mallon

      3c. The AIDS Crisis: ‘Art Lives on Forever’

      3d. Write Your Own Narrative Journey

    7. Chapter 4: Medical Ethics
    8. 4a. The Ethics of Persuasion

      4b. Fake News - When Storytelling Cancels Science

      4c. The Telephone Game: When Storytelling Goes Wrong

      4d. The Tabloid Press

      4e. Children in the Media

    9. Chapter 5: Case Scenarios 1
    10. 5a. Case Scenario 1a: Azzura (Aggie) Romano

      5b. Case Scenario 1b: Oscar James Thompson

      5c. Case Scenario 1c: Arnold Gaylor

      5d. Case Scenario 1d: Nihal Anand

      5e. Case Scenario 1e: Abby Sable-Adamson

    11. Chapter 6: The Art of Communication in Practice
    12. 6a. Gillian Lynne - ‘Wriggle Bottom’

    13. Chapter 7: Case Scenarios 2
    14. 7a. Case Scenario 2a - Dermatology

      7b. Case Scenario 2b – DNACPR

      7c. Case Scenario 2c – ‘Wild Goose Chase’

      7d. Case Scenario 2d – Neurosurgery

    15. Chapter 8: The Art of Reflection
    16. 8a. Jean-Dominique Bauby - The Case of Patient A

    17. Chapter 9: Reflective Models
    18. 9a. Rolfe et al.’s Three-stage Model of Reflective Practice (2001)

      9b. Kolb’s Reflective Model of Experiential Learning (1984)

      9c. Gibbs Reflective Cycle (1988)

    19. Chapter 10: Conclusion
    20. Appendix 1 – Structured Reflective Templates

              11a. Template 1 – Rolfe et al.’s Three-Stage Model of Reflective Practice (Rolfe et al, 2001)

              11b. Template 2 –Kolb’s Reflective Model of Experiential Learning (1984)

             11c. Template 3 –Gibbs Reflective Cycle (1988)



    Charlie Guy is a qualified anatomist and social historian who has undertaken a variety of roles within the NHS and is based in Fife, Scotland.