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The Arts and Medicine
April 24, 2018

When You Got the Yams—Kendrick Lamar and the Language of Power in Clinical Encounters

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Clinician Scholars Program, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Fair Haven Community Health Care, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2018;319(16):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3768

The importance of the arts to medicine and medical education is a source of fascination for many, often taking the form of “What’s on the doctor’s bookshelf?”1,2 We give less attention as a profession to what arts are important to patients, the arts they share and how they talk about them, and the “libraries” they accumulate over time as a result. When working with adolescent patients in an urban, community-based clinic, it is a topic I have found important in efforts to bridge divides of age, class, and experiences of racism.