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Students read and discuss literature with medical themes. Two hours of class time and approximately eight hours of independent reading time required each week. This elective cannot be taken in conjunction with an Acting Internship, or any required third or fourth year clerkships. Elective only. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

East North Central

University or College

University of Cincinnati

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

33366; 51630

Course Title

Medicine and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Academic Year(s) Active

2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22/ 2022/23

Primary Works on Reading List

Readings vary with each elective. Readings from past electives include: "The Doctor's Dilemma," George Bernard Shaw; "Fidelity," Wendell Berry; "Watch with Me," Wendell Berry; “Mistakes,“ David Hilfiker; “Education of a Knife,“ Atul Gawande; “The Use of Force,” William Carlos Williams; "Long Day's Journey into Night, " Eugene O'Neill; "Souls Raised from the Dead," Doris Betts; “Mountains beyond Mountains: the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer; “A Man Who Would Cure the World", Tracy Kidder; "An Enemy of the People," Henrik Ibsen; "The Plague," Albert Camus; "Saturday," Ian McEwan; "Paula," Isabel Allende; "Deep River," Shusaku Endo; "The Tennis Partner," Abraham Vergese; "Arrowsmith," Sinclair Lewis; "The Moviegoer," Walker Percy; "Seize the Day," Saul Bellow; "Blood of the Lamb," Peter DeVries; "Sights Unseen," Kaye Gibbons; "Paula," Isabel Allende; "A Fortunate Man," John Berger; "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," Anne Fadiman; "Rabbit at Rest," John Updike; "The Soloist," Steve Lopez; "The Year of Magical Thinking," Joan Didion; "The Cancer Journals," Audre Lorde; "The Madonnas of Leningrad," Debra Dean; "My Own Country," Abraham Verghese; "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Rebecca Skloot"; "Nemesis," Philip Roth; "Regeneration," Pat Barker; "The Mercy Rule," Perri Klass; "God's Hotel," Victoria Sweet; and "State of Wonder," Ann Patchett.

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