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Literature and Medicine, vol 8: The Cultures of Medicine

Joseph S. Alpert, MD; Helle Mathiasen, PhD
JAMA. 1990;263(20):2828-2829. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440200134044.
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The 1989 edition of Literature and Medicine (volume 8) deals primarily with one of the most discussed current topics, the mind/body interaction. This volume contains ten scholarly essays, one short story, one poem, and its usual complement of book reviews. The editor of the series is Anne Hudson Jones; this particular volume is edited by Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi and Robert W. Daly.

The scholarly essays cover a number of wide-ranging and eclectic topics from spirit possession, Buddhism, and healing in Japanese literature to the Navajo Night Chant prayer ceremony. Some of the essays are easily approachable for the reader without a PhD in the humanities, while others will seem obscure to the average physician reader. Fortunately for medical personnel interested in the relationship between medicine and the humanities, most of the offerings in this slim volume are both approachable and rich in ideas. They offerfurther evidence that the study of


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