A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
March 13, 2020

History in a Crisis — Lessons for Covid-19

The history of human responses to epidemics carries various lessons for our current situation. David S. Jones, MD, PhD, offers an historical analysis of epidemics.

Doctor-Poets Search for the Right Words to Help Patients Heal

"Poetry has captivated physicians for centuries..." This article highlights doctors who write (and read) poetry, and the growing place for verse in medical journals.

Beyond Empathy

Researchers have long explored the integration of arts and humanities content into health professions education, but seldom has the the timing and context of trainees’ exposure to such content been considered. In this article, Marcela Costa, Emilia Kangasjarvi & Andrea Charise undertake a a qualitative exploration of arts and humanities in pre-professional (baccalaureate) health education.

"Who’s There?":
A Vulnerable Reading of Hamlet

Arthur W. Frank uses Shakespeare's Hamlet to discuss the concept of vulnerable reading, which asks "how literary works can be useful as companions to people who suffer."

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Essay:
"I'm Not Talking to Anybody" by Perri Klass

"One of the basic tropes of doctor-writing is the physician forced all unwilling into being a patient. I have rung this bell myself, over and over..." In an essay from BLR's theme issue on family, Perri Klass, MD, explores the role reversals that doctors experience when they become a patient...or the hovering family member of a patient.

Featured Post:
"Spanish Flu Epidemic" by Jaclyn Duffin

2018 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Flu epidemic. In this featured piece, written before the current coronavirus pandemic, Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, a hematologist, historian, and LitMed Database editor, discusses the significance of the 1918 event and what is in store for the future.

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities


Events & Conferences


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


ReelAbilities Film Festival, New York

March 31 - April 6

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

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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