Why should I care about medical humanities?

Wellcome Trust Blog

L0027293 The gyri of the thinker's brain as a maze of choices in biomWhat happens if you put a medical historian and a literary scholar on a train together? In this case, you get a book about the way medicine, health and the arts can work together. Victoria Bates is a lecturer in modern history at the University of Bristol and has spent years organising events and promoting collaboration in the field of medical humanities. Here she explains the journey from train to book, and gives us five reasons why medical humanities is more important than you may have first thought.

Medical humanities touches a wide range of different disciplines and it can be hard for those unfamiliar with the field to really grasp what it’s all about. The key elements of medical humanities include inclusivity, interaction, insight, and innovation. But why should you care about medical humanities? Here are five ways in which the medical humanities touch us all, in sickness and…

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