A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
March 6, 2020

Coronavirus School Closings & the History of Pandemics

Howard Markel, MD, PhD, describes the ways in which history teaches us that keeping children at home early in an outbreak can save lives, looking back from the 1918 influenza pandemic through the 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic.

Why We Still Need Quarantine

For years, quarantine has been an important measure to curb the spread of infection and avert further deaths. In words and pictures from the Wellcome Collection Archive, discover the way it has been used in the past and why it is still necessary today.

Reflections: Art Museum-based Education

CLOSLER features the twelfth and final piece in a series of monthly reflections by Drs. Flora Smyth- Zahra and Margaret “Meg” Chisolm, who participated in the inaugural class of the Harvard Macy Institute’s Art Museum-based Health Professions Education (AMHPE) fellowship. Feeling inspired and uplifted by the program, they pledged to spend at least a half-day every month of 2019 looking at art. This is the summative reflection of their experience.

Investigation of Suitable Illustrations in Medical Care

How should a medical illustration function in relation to the textual information it illustrates? Makiko Haragi and colleagues reviewed the existing sociological literature that addresses this question and attempted to apply the findings to health education.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Poem Featured on Poetry Daily: "Dusk in Dupont Circle"

This week, Poetry Daily featured "Dusk in Dupont Circle" by Martha Addy Young, which received honorable mention in the BLR's 2019 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry.

Featured Annotation:
Tony Miksanek on Man's 4th Best Hospital by Samuel Shem

"Most of the group are reunited in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster, The House of God. As interns, Basch and his comrades were a crazy, exhausted, cynical crew just trying to survive their brutal internship. Years later, the midlife doctors have changed but remain emotionally scarred."

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities

2021 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Filmmaking
The Vilcek Foundation is now seeking applications for the 2021 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Filmmaking. Three prizes of $50,000 will be awarded in each category to immigrant filmmakers and biomedical researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the early stages of their careers. Deadline: June 10, 2020.
More information: Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science
More information: Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking

The Nocturnists Call for Story Submissions
Show theme: "Something in the Way"
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle
Story submission deadline: Sunday, March 8th
Event time: the evening of Friday, May 15th
More information


Events & Conferences


11th Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night - Part II

At the New York Academy of Medicine

Ethics and the Theater: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams


#YeahYouWrite & the Gold Foundation Welcome Bellevue Literary Review

An evening of readings by BLR contributors

Doctors Who Create's second annual “Creativity in Medicine” Conference

Registration is now open

Madness and Medicine on Roosevelt Island - Women's History Month Edition


ReelAbilities Film Festival, New York

March 31 - April 6

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

Hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Early Bird Registration of $50 off tuition through March 20. Standard Registration open through April 6th, space permitting.

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


The Art of the Condolence Letter


Madness and Medicine on Roosevelt Island


Health Humanities 2020: Narrative and Counternarrative

The 23rd Hiram Summer Seminar will explore the narratives and counternarratives of the health humanities as we enter the next decade of the twenty-first century.
Application deadline: April 1, 2020
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