1 May

Studies show that students entering medical school have high levels of empathy. Graduating medical students have low levels. Studies also show that when medical students read or write fiction or poetry, even one poem, their empathy levels rise. Thus the attempt to add or increase Humanities content into medical school curricula. I learned that at The Examined Life Conference, co-sponsored by the U. Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the Iowa Writers Workshop, which focused on the relationships between medicine and writing. I was invited to the conference to read an excerpt from my novel, TWO-HEADED DOG. In TWO-HEADED DOG, Hank Ribinthal, a psychologist at Florida Panhandle State Hospital, has a lot of empathy. In fact, he has too much. He doesn’t know how to control it. It can be said that his empathy threatens to drive him mad.


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