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Medical Humanities: Medical Humanities Overview

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The Center for Bioethics and Humanities, a department of the College of Medicine, advances the scholarly and professional understanding of bioethics and the medical humanities.

NYU Medical Humanities

NYU Medical Humanities

This site, established in 1994 at New York University School of Medicine, is dedicated to providing a resource for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others who are interested in the work of medical humanities. We define the term "medical humanities" broadly to include an interdisciplinary field of humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history and religion), social science (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology), and the arts (literature, theater, film, and visual arts) and their application to medical education and practice.

The Literature, Arts & Medicine Database [from NYU] is an annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings.


148 Art Annotations
247 Film Annotations
2588 Literature Annotations
2 Theater Annotations
92 Artists
1640 Authors
139 Keywords

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Where do I search?

Research in the Medical Humanities can begin with a search of the medical literature.  In PubMed, add "Humanities"[Mesh] as one of your search terms to limit to the Humanities Medical Subject Heading [MeSH].

The Health Sciences Library also offers the database Humanities Source.

HSL Humanities Collections

The Health Sciences Library has two donated collections devoted to Humanities materials!