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The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with healthcare professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. - - from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation website, About (

When Doctors become Patients/Robert Klitzman
Available as an e-book.  Publication date:  2008.

The purpose of this book is to illustrate the complicated lives of doctors when they become ill, their emotions, their need for balance, and their identity. The author successfully breaks down the myth of invulnerability, opens readers up to the preciousness of life, and provides firsthand accounts of 48 doctors coping with their own mortality. - - from

Being mortal / a Frontline production
Frontline teams up with writer and surgeon Atul Gawande to examine how doctors care for terminally ill patients. In conjunction with Gawande's book, Being Mortal, the film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors, including himself, struggle to talk honestly and openly. - - from PBS, Frontline (
Askwith Media Library - VIDEO-D 66135-D; Release Date:  2015

The soul of medicine : tales from the bedside / Sherwin B. Nuland
Shapiro Undergraduate 2nd floor Browsing Collection - Shelved by author; Publication Date:  2010
The remarkable stories told in this book are filled with the lessons of humanity. They describe that sacrosanct connection between two people we call the doctor-patient relationship, and that other relationship between the mentor and student, so important to the perpetuation of medical knowledge, judgement, wisdom and character. - - from

Health Humanities / Paul Crawford
Available as an e-book.  Publication Date:  2015

Encourages innovation and cross-disciplinary explorations of how the arts and humanities can inform and transform healthcare, health and well-being. The health humanities is about advancing health and well-being through the arts and humanities in ways that are not solely the preserve of medicine or to be defined and driven by it. As a more inclusive and applied field of activity with a fast-growing international community of researchers, health humanities looks to generate diverse and even radical approaches for creating healthier and more compassionate societies. - - from

The Human Side of Medicine: Learning What It’s Like to be a Patient and What It’s Like to be a Physician. Larry Savett. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002.
This book presents case studies about what it is like to be a patient, a day in the life of a physician, the doctor-patient relationship, and teaching the human side of medicine. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 727.3 .S3551 2002)

The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine/Paul F. Griner
Not available through the University of Michigan Libraries; can be obtained via Inter-Library Loan.
Publication Date:  2012
Reflections from the career of a prominent physician help students better understand patient care through insights gained from his stories. Medical knowledge and technology are advancing faster than we can learn to apply them wisely. The pace of change threatens the humanistic aspects of patient care. The arts of listening, observing and examining, and the values of professionalism, ethics, and humor are threatened; both patient and physician are dissatisfied. - - from