Sophistry, the Sophists and modern medical education

  title={Sophistry, the Sophists and modern medical education},
  author={S. Macsuibhne},
  journal={Medical Teacher},
  pages={71 - 75}
  • S. Macsuibhne
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Medical Teacher
  • The term ‘sophist’ has become a term of intellectual abuse in both general discourse and that of educational theory. However the actual thought of the fifth century BC Athenian-based philosophers who were the original Sophists was very different from the caricature. In this essay, I draw parallels between trends in modern medical educational practice and the thought of the Sophists. Specific areas discussed are the professionalisation of medical education, the teaching of higher-order… CONTINUE READING
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