Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 62 (2):352-365 (2019)

In my ideal academy of healing arts, students of all health-care professions would spend their first semester together, thinking only about suffering. No coursework on bodies, diseases, or basic science. No socialization into distinct professional identities. Just suffering from multiple perspectives: literary, philosophical, spiritual, historical, crosscultural. They would be led to ask what forms of suffering have been responded to in which ways, when, by whom. Whose suffering has been systematically ignored, and what finally led to the recognition of that suffering? They would write about the unresolvable question of what aspects of suffering can be called universal, and what suffering might be local and...
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