Journal article

Talking, touching, and cutting: The craft of medicine

T Dornan, D Nestel

Journal of Modern Craft | Published : 2013


This article examines medicine from a craft perspective. Surgery-from dissecting to drawing tissues together- is easily recognized as a craft, traditionally learned by apprenticeship. Concern about patient risk has fueled a drive toward simulation education, where patients are represented by living or artificial stand-ins. The lack of context and variability afforded by simulation is a weakness, making medicine more like a production line than a craftsman's workshop. Elements of craft can, however, be introduced to simulation. People acting as simulated patients can add context and variation to standardized procedures and simulation technology can be fed with data that reflect real people's ..

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