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Is there any scientific imbalance in the academic education of the physician? (2022)


This contribution follows the talk presented during the 2018 International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies, Science for Peace the World Over at the Majorana Foundation in Erice, Sicily. Over the centuries, medicine has changed the approach to the sick and the disease. Too much focused on the biomedical sciences, it has thus lost the teaching and wisdom inherited from the past. In this paper, we discuss the need to reacquire ancient knowledge and the importance of the educational role of the Human Sciences and the History of Medicine in the mature training of the modern doctor, as claimed in the early 20th century by the Italian doctor Luigi Mangiagalli. As asserted by the American psychiatrist George Liebman Engel, a culture that also includes historical information facilitates the understanding of the present and helps to develop an epistemological and critical sense, which is indispensable in age too intoxicated by so many scientific successes and which appears obstinate in her certainties.

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Authors & Contributors
Pearn, John
Thomson, Elaine
Flecha García, Consuelo
Peitzman, Steven Jay
Weatherall, Mark W.
Corgan, James X.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of Medical Biography
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Tennessee Historical Quarterly
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Cronos: Cuadernos Valencianos de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia
Rutgers University Press
Boydell Press
University of Minnesota
Medical education and teaching
Physicians; doctors
Women in medicine
Universities and colleges
Professions and professionalization
Bennett, John Hughes
Garcia Solá, Eduardo
John, of Gaddesden
Gilbertus Anglicus
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
13th century
14th century
20th century, early
United States
Tennessee (U.S.)
Granada (Spain)
University of Edinburgh
Cambridge University

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