Rehabilitation of Body, Mind, and Spirit:
The Humanities Component of the PM&R Rotation
Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D., Jerome Tobis, M.D.
Description: As part of the residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a monthly humanities reading and discussion session is offered.
Purpose: The goals of this experience are to 1) help residents learn to see through their patients' eyes 2) provide residents with literary tools that can help them think differently about their patients 3) explore and at times challenge conventional wisdom about a) disability b) noncompliance c) the doctor-patient relationship.
Participants: 5-6 PM&R residents, the clerkship medical student, 3-4 faculty.
Topics and Readings:
On Being a Cripple
"On Being A Cripple" Nancy Mairs
Stroke (3 sessions)
"Aphasia and All About Not Speaking About It" - Judy Schaefer
"Apraxia" - Margaret Robison
"Global Aphasia" - Enid Shomer
"Stroke" - Arthur Ginsberg
"The Stroke" - Chrisopher Fahy
"Stroke Patient" - Rochelle Ratner
"Five Months After My Stroke" - Margaret Robison
"Irene" Jack Coulehan
"Stroke" Susan Irene Rea
"Eleven Steps" - Jack Coulehan
"The Game" Harold Bond
After the Stroke: A Journal May Sarton (excerpts)
"Wings" - Arthur Kopit (excerpt; roleplay)
"Appropriate Affect" Sue Miller
"Caregiver" - Juliet Krono
Saving Milly - Morton Kondracke (excerpts)
The Body Silent - Robert Murphy (excerpts)
"Jill Came Tumbling After" - Susan Parker
"Retarded" - Howard Stein
Being a Doctor