Vol VIII, Issue 3 Date of Publication: July 02, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2022.085

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Encompassing medical ethics within the medical humanities?

Pathiyil Ravi Shankar
As medicine becomes ever more technologically advanced, “human skills” are becoming increasingly important. Medical ethics or bioethics and medical humanities may have been formally introduced into the curriculum about the same time around the 1970s in certain developed nations. However, in many developing nations, medical/health humanities is much more recent and only came into prominence during the first two decades of the twenty-first century. The term “bioethics” was coined by Potter in 1970 [1]. During the ensuing five decades, however, medical ethics has become the dominant discipline of the two, globally. Medical ethics is more well-known and has greater resources allotted. Medical ethics may be a less radical and more comfortable concept and the study of ethical issues in medical practice may not challenge the traditional knowledge and power structures inherent in medicine. While we have a Centre for Bioethics and Humanities at my present university, I feel a more logical and correct name would be Centre for Humanities and Bioethics, emphasising the greater scope of the humanities.

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