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March 1, 2006

The Medical Humanities and Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(9):997-998. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.997-b

To the Editor: Although Dr Campo1 identifies a lack of humanism in medical education, I think he makes a common but important error. One of the great difficulties among new medical students is the lack of a broad-based education prior to medical school. Most medical students appear to have had their education in science but to have had little interest in or study of the humanities. Relatively few students major in history, literature, or the arts.