Teaching medicine and medical ethics using popular culture

Evie Kendal (Editor), Basia Diug (Editor)

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This book demonstrates how popular culture can be successfully incorporated into medical and health science curriculums, capitalising on the opportunity fictional media presents to humanise case studies. Studies show that the vast majority of medical and nursing students watch popular medical television dramas and comedies such as Grey's Anatomy, ER, House M. D. and Scrubs. This affords us with a unique opportunity to engage and inform not only students but the general public and patients further downstream. This volume analyses examples of medical-themed popular culture and offers various strategies and methods for educators in this field to integrate this material into their teaching. The result is a fascinating read and original resource for medical professionals and teachers alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages171
ISBN (Electronic)9783319654515
ISBN (Print)9783319654508
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Medical Education
  • Public Health
  • Infectious disease control and prevention
  • Bioethics
  • Medical ethics
  • Nursing education
  • Popular culture
  • film and television
  • screen studies

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