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Doctors to learn about the arts
Trainee doctors will soon be able to formally learn about the way medics are portrayed in the arts.

The way patients gain preconceived ideas about doctors from TV and film will be the subject of the University of Leicester's new masters degree.

The medical humanities degree will also show how patients' experiences are portrayed in books, TV and film.

The 11-month course begins in September and will include a look at the changing doctor-patient relationship.

Leicester Medical School lecturer and GP Paul Lazarus said: "The aim for people taking part is to be able to enhance the ways they can see and understand and deal with the experiences of both patients and themselves during the course of their professional lives."

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