A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
August 6, 2021

Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup

The Gold Foundation's latest Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup highlights articles about the Tell More More (TMM)® program, which helps capture patients' stories; telemedicine and shared decision-making; imposter syndrome; and more.

The Use of Language in Health and Illness Narratives

Authors Mariella Scerri and Victor Grech describe how the "chasm between health and illness" is addressed in Virginia Woolf’s “On Being Ill,” Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, and Harriet Martineau’s Life in the Sick-Room.

New free resources: Creative approaches to patient information

A team of social science researchers and comics creators share their set of new free resources designed to jumpstart creative approaches to patient information.

What Should Hang on the Walls of a Hospital?

"How should we define a sick person’s environment?" Lou Stoppard explores differing opinions about what art in therapeutic settings should look like.

Highlights from Projects and People in
Humanities and Ethics at NYU Langone Health

New Annotation:
Devon Zander on The Empathy Exams by
Leslie Jamison

"[Jamison] sets up the book to explore the human condition and what it means to relate to one another with caring despite the interpersonal complications that can often arise."

Florence Nightingale in the Age of Covid-19

"Last May marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. That her bicentennial fell during a worldwide pandemic is both illuminating and ironic...." Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, writes of Nightingale’s revolutionary efforts in healthcare reform in relation to the challenges that face us today.

Support the Literature, Arts, and Medicine
Database and Magazine

As someone who is interested in Medical Humanities, we hope you will join us in support of the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database and Magazine. One of the core components of NYU Langone’s Division of Medical Humanities, LitMed is an open access collection of more than 3,000 annotations of works of literature, art, and performing arts that provide insight into the human condition. Please make a gift today. Learn more.

The Burns Archive Photo of the Week

Endoscopy and the Development of Bronchoesophagoscopy, circa 1921

One of the greatest challenges in diagnosis is the difficulty of observing an internal organ. In this photograph, Philadelphia’s Chevalier Jackson, MD (1865-1958) is seen performing a bronchoscopy. Dr. Jackson perfected this modern instrument and the procedure is associated with his seminal work. As with many medical advances, his accomplishments were built on the work of his predecessors. He modified the scope into its modern counterpart by placing a light in an auxiliary tube and creating a suction tube. This addition to the instrumentation allowed the main tube to be used for his newly created elongated instruments to manipulate and treat tissue. In 1907, Jackson published Tracheo-broncoscopy Esophagoscopy, and Gastroscopy, the first comprehensive textbook on endoscopy. He became the world’s leading bronchoesophagoscopist. His clinic and school of endoscopy was the leading institution in the field. The field of endoscopy became a fertile ground for innovators trying to advance direct observation of internal organs from bone joints to heart valves. These concepts and procedures are now used in major surgical operations on the heart, blood vessels, and sinuses. Miniature cameras, probes, snares, and lasers are being sent deeper and deeper into the recesses of the human body.

With thanks to The Burns Archive for providing historic medical photographs and commentary for this weekly feature


Quick Links

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities

Survey: Developing Narrative Medicine Programming in U.S Healthcare Settings
Those who have developed or implemented narrative medicine programming in U.S. healthcare clinics, hospitals, or systems are invited to participate in an online survey about your experiences. The survey is part of a larger research project looking to identify emerging and promising practices for starting narrative medicine programming in U.S. health care settings (as opposed to in academic or community settings). More information.


Events & Conferences


Shakespeare’s Developing Sense of Empathy


The Poetry of Loss: An Elegy Workshop for Medical Professionals

Speaker/performer: Thomas Dooley
Part of "Let's Jam, The Arts in Medicine series" from the Center for Compassionate Communication at UC-San Diego

Facing Grief in the HealthCare Workplace: Compassion Fatigue


Building A Collection: Personal Narratives From The 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Sponsored by The New York Academy of Medicine Library

Historical Nonfiction: Research-Based Writing With Hadley Meares

4-week workshop
Section B: Meets Wednesdays beginning August 18
Section C: Meets Sundays beginning September 19

Bibliotherapy & Marginalized Identity: Borders, Boundaries, Crossing Lines


Activating Art for Health Professionals

Speaker/performer: Ray Williams
Part of "Let's Jam, The Arts in Medicine series" from the Center for Compassionate Communication at UC-San Diego

The Art of Death With Tessa Fontaine

This five-part seminar explores notions of death and dying around the world, drawing from biology, history, and beyond. Each 1.5 hour session takes place on consecutive Mondays beginning September 13.

Online Information Session: M.S. and CPA in Narrative Medicine (Columbia University)


The Mudroom: Guided Creative Workshops for Health Professionals

The Mudroom is a creative and reflective writing workshop for health professionals. Meetings are held monthly and provide a space to write, read, try out exercises in prose and verse, share work and give feedback. The Fall 2021 sessions occur on one Wednesday each month, beginning on September 22.

ASBH’s 23rd Annual Conference

Program Theme: Bioethics and Humanities at the Crossroads
Virtual Meeting

The Examined Life Conference

Enjoy discussions and presentations on how the arts can be used in medical education and patient and provider care.
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