We know that humans learn through stories, and that things learned through stories tend to stick. And when you can relate those stories to your everyday experiences, well, you can count on the knowledge to become part of your everyday repertoire.
Which is why I found this editorial on the practice of medicine and Grimm's fairy tales to be such interesting reading. The archetypes he wrote about are still being played out in the corridors of our hospitals today, as the author points out. If they help healthcare professionals better understand their patients, why not include some classic stories in the way medicine is taught? Just a thought.