Physician, heal thyself: Desire and impairment in physicians' Writings

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Title: Physician, heal thyself: Desire and impairment in physicians' Writings
Author: Marissa Anne Gostanian
Abstract: Traditionally medicine and literature have lain on opposite ends of the spectrum , but for some physicians , writing is complementary to medicine . I examine selected works of physician -writers that express the difficulties and triumphs of their journeys through their medical career . Through narratives we can learn not only about the world of medicine , but also about the reasons physicians act and respond as they do . \r \n According to Jacques Lacan , desire is the quality of more that leaves us lacking and wanting something else . This quality of more is what I will explore in physicians’ writings . Lacanian desire is one key to the prevalence of the number of impaired physicians . \r \n This work can be a catalyst for change within the medical profession as instructors see and understand the difficulties that lie ahead for their students . Preventive and treatment plans for impaired physicians may include identifying desire as opposed to simply treating behaviors . \r \n
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /80
Date: 2006-03-31

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Physician, heal thyself: Desire and impairment in physicians' Writings. The University of Texas Medical Branch. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /80 .

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