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Medical Humanities   Tags: art, ethics, history, medicine, nursing, philosophy, research, social science  

Guide to sources on the humanities, arts, and social sciences and their application to medical practice and research
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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There are many subject headings associated with medical humanities and bioethics listed under the main Humanities term in PubMed. You can browse these headings in PubMed's MeSH Browser to help you build a search strategy. Some of these headings include:

  1. Humanities
  2. Humanities/education
  3. Education, Medical
  4. Medicine in Literature
  5. History
  6. History of Medicine
  7. Art
  8. Art in Medicine

About the Medical Humanities

Medical humanities is the "interdisciplinary field of humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and their application to medical education and practice. The humanities and arts and their application to medical education and practice. The humanities and arts provide insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, our responsibility to each other, and offer a historical perspective on medical practice. Attention to literature and the arts helps to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection -- skills that are essential for humane medical care. The social sciences help us to understand how bioscience and medicine take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced."

-Felice Aull, Ph.D., M.A., New York University School of Medicine

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About this Guide

Portions of this guide were adapted from the Medical Humanities LibGuide by Trish Chatterley of University of Alberta.


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