Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Bioethics Education

Medical Humanities, Ethics, and Disability

One Fellow’s Confession and Transformation

STEPHANIE M. VERTREES

In Confessions of a Knife, Richard Selzer gives a candid account of his life as a surgeon, divulging mistakes, regrets, impressions, and emotions in beautiful, metaphorical prose.

Stephanie M. Vertrees, M.D., is Fellow in Medical Ethics in the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, New York.

Footnotes

I would like to thank Joseph J. Fins, M.D., for his guidance in writing this manuscript and for his continued dedication to mentoring countless others in medical ethics and the medical humanities, and the many patients who provided me the opportunity to learn from their experiences. Funding was provided by the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Hospital for Special Surgery Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics.

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