On art and science: An epistemic framework for integrating social science and clinical medicine

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Calls for incorporating social science into patient care typically have accounted for neither the logistic constraints of medical training nor the methodological fallacies of utilizing aggregate "social facts" in clinical practice. By elucidating the different epistemic approaches of artistic and scientific practices, this paper illustrates an integrative artistic pedagogy that allows clinical practitioners to generate social scientific insights from actual patient encounters. Although there is no shortage of calls to bring social science into medicine, the more fundamental processes of thinking by which art and science proceed have not been addressed to this end. As such, the art of medical practice is conceptualized as an innate gift, and thus little is done to cultivate it. Yet doing so is more important than ever because uncertainty in diagnosing and treating chronic illnesses, the most significant contemporary mortality risks, suggests a re-expanding role for clinical judgment. © 2014 The Author.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10606092
  • Author List

  • Wasserman JA
  • Start Page

  • 279
  • End Page

  • 303
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 3