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.
Oldfield BJ. When You Got the Yams—Kendrick Lamar and the Language of Power in Clinical Encounters. JAMA. 2018;319(16):1642–1643. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3768
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