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Why Medicine Needs Poetry

August 09, 2017

BLR editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri discusses why poetry and literature are important to medicine: "The creativity that comes from literature is critical to medical education... The main reason literature resonates so well with medicine is the use of metaphor. To be skilled clinicians and to get the right diagnosis, we must be able to interpret our patients' metaphors."

She also talks a bit about BLR's history and how the journal's themes inspired a flood of responses.

Watch the video: "Why Medicine Needs Poetry"