Journal for Learning through the Arts
Medicine and the Silent Oracle: An Exercise in Uncertainty
- Author(s): Belling, Catherine
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.21977/D92110063
This article describes a simple in-class exercise in reading and writing that, by asking participants to write their own endings for a short narrative taken from the Journal of the American Medical Association, prompts them to reflect on the problem of uncertainty in medicine and to apply the literary-critical techniques of close reading both to the content and the form of a story that describes and enacts the challenges of making decisions in the face of uncertain knowledge.