Shakespeare Anniversary/”Nurse”

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Shakespeare provides us with the earliest attestation of the word nurse as denoting one who provides health care to the sick, which appears…

Dreger Resigns from Northwestern

Reported today in Inside Higher Ed: A second faculty member has resigned from Northwestern University over its medical school’s reaction to a provocative article published in a faculty journal. “It’s so petty — that’s what I kept saying — it’s a…

College of Physicians of Philadelphia Honors Poets

Last November, the Section on Medicine and the Arts at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia announced a Poetry Competition open to students, health care practitioners, educators and the general public on the themes of medicine, health, and health care….

Top 10 Reasons Why Studying Medical History Will Make You a Better Doctor

This list was created by Schulich Medicine’s fourth year Integration & Transitions History of Medicine Selection Class: Thomas Fear, Lauren Forrest, Lauren Gordon, Saurabh Gupta, Jamie Holden, Alexandra Istl, Neil Mundi, Amanda Nuhn, Andrea Parks, Sameer Shivji, Joshua Tobe, Aidan…

The Guardian: Health humanities: we are here to collaborate, not to compete

Paul Crawford, professor of health humanities at the University of Nottingham and lead author of Health Humanities, offers in The Guardian an apologia for health humanities http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2015/mar/30/health-humanities-here-to-collaborate-not-compete

The Atlantic: How to Teach Doctors Empathy

From The Atlantic: How to Teach Doctors Empathy — “Being a good doctor requires an understanding of people, not just science.” http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/03/how-to-teach-doctors-empathy/387784/ While empathy courses are rarely required in medical training, interest in them is growing, experts say, and programs are underway…

BBC: The Other Spock: Lynn Bloom on the man who changed parenting

The Other Spock: The man who changed parenting | Lynn Bloom @BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31622146

CHE: Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists

Posted today in the Chronicle of Higher Educatio: A deadly virus arrives in America, carried by travelers from abroad. Health officials scramble to contain the threat, imposing quarantines and other strict measures even as they seek to reassure the public….

Johns Hopkins adds new interdisciplinary major: Medicine, science, and humanities

Concentration will give undergraduates a chance to pursue natural sciences and humanities rather than having to choose one or the other: http://hub.jhu.edu/2015/01/22/major-medicine-science-humanities

NY Times: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

“A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple…

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