Field Notes in the Clinic on Medicine, Anthropology and Pedagogy in South Africa

by Michelle Pentecost

In this commentary I draw on my experience working as a medical doctor and an anthropologist to explore what different disciplinary orientations allow us to ‘see’ in clinical settings. I argue that the anthropological skills of observation, privileging relationship, and of learning to foreground social context, have much to offer for teaching health sciences students about health care that upholds the humanity of patients and practitioners. This commentary supplements the long-form article I have written with Berna Gerber, Megan Wainwright and Thomas Cousins, which you can find here.

Read the full article on the Medical Humanities Journal website.

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