Clinical Approaches: 'Cripple Billy' in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan
Through the study of literature and narratives, skills such as attentive listening, responsive engagement, and critical thinking are developed among practicing physicians and healthcare professionals. Cooperation between scholars and professors in the fields of literature and medicine have resulted in a greater understanding of the potential for literary texts to enhance practical skills for pre-medical and medical students. Literature, both in discussion and writing, can instill habits of attention and empathy which are particularly significant for clinical encounters between patients and healthcare professionals, and furthermore, cognitive psychology has realized that the study of literature can foster stronger empathetic responses to patients' needs. Drawing on this approach to literary texts, this paper will study narrative features in Martin McDonagh's play The Cripple of Inishmaan, focusing on the character of 'Cripple Billy'.
Keywords - Literature and Medicine, Narrative Features, Clinical Skills, Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan.