Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 21–30 | Cite as

What Disability Studies Has to Offer Medical Education

  • G. Thomas Couser


Disability studies can be of great value to medical education first, by placing the medical paradigm in the broad context of a sequence of ways of understanding and responding to disability that have emerged in the last two thousand years or so; second, by reminding medical professionals that people with disabilities have suffered as well as profited from medical treatment in the last two hundred years; finally, by providing access to a distinctive point of view from which the experience of disability looks very different than it may from the outside.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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