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Reflective thinking and medical students: some thoughtful distillations regarding John Dewey and Hannah Arendt

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Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine : PEHM

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      Reflective thought (critical thinking) is essential to the medical student who hopes to become an effective physician. John Dewey, one of America's foremost educators in the early twentieth century, revolutionized critical thinking and its role in education. In the mid twentieth century Hannah Arendt provided profound insights into the problem of diminishing human agency and political freedom. Taken together, Dewey's insight regarding reflective thought, and Arendt's view of action, speech, and power in the public realm, provide mentors and teachers of medical students guidance in the training of thought and the need for its effective projection at the patient's bedside and in the community.

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            [1 ]University of Toledo College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43614, USA
            [2 ]University of Michigan, School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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            Philos Ethics Humanit Med
            Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine : PEHM
            BioMed Central
            1747-5341
            2009
            16 April 2009
            : 4
            : 5
            2674470
            1747-5341-4-5
            19368737
            10.1186/1747-5341-4-5
            Copyright © 2009 Papadimos; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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