December Special Issue: David Cooper on Heart Transplant

In today’s post, we preview the work of David K. C. Cooper, “Heart Surgery and Transplantation – Innovations Impacting on Concepts of Life and Death.” For centuries, the heart has been looked upon differently from other vital organs, even if those organs are equally important in sustaining life. Today, very many heart operations are performed […]

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Virtual Symposium announcement: New Realities in Times of COVID-19: A Humanistic Response

This might be of interest to our reader: a free virtual symposium on “New Realities in Times of COVID-19: A Humanistic Response,” part of the “Doctor as Humanist” Series. Saturday, November 21. Start: 2pm GMT/9am EST | End: 8pm GMT/3pm EST, registration required | Event page. From the organizers: Join our virtual symposium New Realities […]

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Call for Abstracts (Issue 11: Summer 2021): Illness, Narrated

Guest Editors: Silvia Boide, Benjamin Brendel, Maaike Hommes and Melanie Kreitler In response to debates considering the relationship between illness and narrative, and the extent to which these concepts can be seen as mutually constitutive, this issue of On_Culture seeks to gather new approaches and critical perspectives to the intricate relationship between narrative and illness. We welcome […]

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COVID 19 and Medical Humanities

The present pandemic, unprecedented in its spread and breadth and occurring at a time of extraordinary political upheaval and divisiveness, lays bare systemic prejudice against the most vulnerable among us. We at Medical Humanities, with our focus on global health and social justice, welcome discussion about how the crisis has disproportionately affected racial and fiscal […]

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New Site “ArtandAnatomy.com” Illustrates Complex Beauty of the Body’s Interior

Announcement by Laura Ferguson and Katie Grogan, DMH, MA   The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine (MSPHM) at NYU Grossman School of Medicine recently launched a new website ArtandAnatomy.com, offering a glimpse inside their book Art & Anatomy: Drawings (University of California Medical Humanities Press, 2018) and the innovative anatomy drawing course on which it is […]

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Medical Humanities COVID 19 RESOURCES List

  Like many of our readers, we at BMJ Medical Humanities have been diligently following responses to the present pandemic. Much of the blog content has shifted to look at the ways medical humanities and social justice address the crisis, and recent submissions to the journal also reflect the shifting issues around COVID 19 spread […]

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Medfest 2020

Announcement by Kirpal Sadheura, CT2 Psychiatry and MedFest 2020 Lead MedFest is an international medical film festival aiming to investigate and explore themes in medicine through the medium of film. It has been running for over 10 years, as an annual event, screening at Universities in the UK and around the world from April 2020. […]

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Seeking Blog Content On This Year’s Theme: Access

Announcement by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch This year’s theme for Medical Humanities-BMJ is access to health care: how does accessibility as a facet of social justice impact how people manage and make sense of their health? Access to medical services can mean many things—from insurance coverage, to social services that make medical care possible, to outright discrimination for disadvantaged […]

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Material Medicine: Objects and Bodies– AMH Conference 2019

We are pleased to announce the CFP for the Association of Medical Humanities (UK) 2019 conference. CFP below; Read more here. Call for Papers We kindly encourage you to submit a proposal for presentation addressing one or more of the below-mentioned topics for the AMH Material Objects Conference 2019. The conference reflects on medical humanities practices […]

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The 2nd The Doctor as a Humanist Symposium

Jonathan McFarland (Sechenov University) and Irina Markovina (Sechenov University). In October 2017 the 1st The Doctor as a Humanist symposium took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. At the symposium we posed the questions, “Can the Humanities transform 21st Century Medicine?” The end of the first symposium in Spain was closed with the words, “Thanks […]

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