A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
March 20, 2020

When Epidemics Wreaked Havoc in America

Deadly infectious diseases were once common in the US, until science conquered them. In today’s crisis, it’s worth recalling those celebrated victories. David Oshinsky, PhD, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health, writes about what we’ve learned from past epidemics, from smallpox to cholera to polio. *Subscription required

Coronavirus Vaccine Dreams

“For most of us alive now, it’s a new experience to be longing for a vaccine…” Perri Klass, MD, professor of pediatrics and journalism at NYU, writes about the relief that a potential coronavirus vaccine would bring, in the context of our remarkable advances in science and public health.

Poetry for Healthcare Providers? A Pediatrician's Prescription

Irène Mathieu, MD, a poet and pediatrician, makes a case for poetry, and recommends ten books that are "essential for everyone (but especially for health care professionals)."

Medical Humanities

The new issue of Medical Humanities features articles ranging from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to prosthesis to science fiction to a study of handwriting and illness.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Issue: Plagues & Pens

BLR's first theme issue featured a special section on Infectious Diseases, taking readers from the Saranac Tuberculosis Sanitorium, to a funeral home in Haiti, to the leprosy hospital in Carville, Louisiana.

New Annotation: Sebastian Galbo on Death is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End by Carine Mardorossian and Christopher Kerr

"The mystery of end-of-life dreams—their visions of loved ones; of seeking forgiveness, healing, and understanding within weeks, sometimes days, of one’s death; of comforting apparitions and visitations—points to a miraculous capacity within the human heart that eases the life-to-death transition."

Events & Conferences


ReelAbilities Film Festival, New York

March 31 - April 6
ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York has decided to go on with the show by shifting its program to a virtual format.

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


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

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

** RESCHEDULED from April 17-19 **
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.
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