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Docsplaining: Health Humanities Are Not the Canary in the Dangerous Coal Mine

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Doc• splain (/’däk splān) verb. Informal. (of an MD) explaining (something) to someone, typically a PhD, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing

At the 2018 Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, we were treated to two excellent plenary sessions: Jonathan Metzl on gun violence and Despina Kakoudaki on Frankenstein. The third plenary was a bit of an aggravating mystery to those of us in the audience who work in the health humanities and have built careers around that field.…

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