Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations Life and Death

The emperor’s new constitution

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1857 (Published 30 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1857

Fables and Fairy Tales

Fables and fairy tales are timeless wisdom, and no one is too old, or too
educated, to learn from them. The potential beneficiaries of such wisdom
include doctors, scientists, journalists, teachers, lawyers, and politicians. I
propose that the curricula for all higher education incorporate the study of
fables and fairy tales. Let’s learn to view society from the perspective of such
fabulists and social critics as Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers
Grimm. Let’s learn to identify and criticize the pretentious, unjust, and absurd
nature of society’s arrogant power structure.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

05 October 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA