Forgive me: medical error and the poetics of forgiveness.

TitleForgive me: medical error and the poetics of forgiveness.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBecker D, May N, Plews-Ogan M
JournalPerspectives in biology and medicine
Date Published2012 Summer

Alexander Pope, in his Essay on Criticism, proposes that "To err is human; to forgive divine." This essay considers the latter half of that proposition and includes quotes from doctors who participated in a study of learning and growing through adversity. Doctors, like poets, find it necessary to put their moral and psychological dilemma into words. Language shapes the experience and offers a means of partial resolution.

Alternate JournalPerspect. Biol. Med.