13 April 2018

How old should a doctor be? To answer this question, 2017 Foundation scholar Benjamin Gagnon Chainey took part in a written roundtable co-authored with Anna Fenton-Hathaway and Jordan Babando and published in Medical and Health Humanities: A Department Without Walls on 13 April 2018. Together, they developed a sociocultural and philosophical reflection on age, ageism, and the intergenerational tensions that are at the heart of contemporary medical practice. In the third and last part of the roundtable, entitled "The Challenges of Professionalism for Today’s – and Yesterday’s – Medical Youth," Gagnon Chainey explored the tensions between techno-scientific expertise and human experience in light of Schopenhauer's work.

Benjamin Gagnon Chainey is a 2017 Foundation scholar and a doctoral candidate in French-language literature at Université de Montréal and Université Paris 7. Read his contribution to the roundtable here.

Benjamin Gagnon Chainey

Benjamin Gagnon Chainey (French-language literature, Université de Montréal and Nottingham Trent University, UK) analyses the evolution of empathy and the patient-caregiver relationship through literary writings touching on AIDS and medical practices, starting at the end of the 19th century.

2017 Scholars