A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
May 1, 2020

Could the Loneliness of the Pandemic Facilitate a 'Social Revival'?

Though social distancing is heightening feelings of loneliness and isolation, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy believes we can emerge closer and more connected. In this interview, he talks about the ways in which emotions can impact health, and some of the "powerful antidotes to loneliness."

Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Pandemics, and Hollywood—Hope and Fear Across a Century of Cinema

This Arts and Medicine feature by Walter Dehority, MD, tallies the appearance of infectious disease outbreaks in cinema since 1914, and identifies common themes, such as stigmatization and physician heroism, that characterize the films.

Towards a Translational Medical Humanities: Introducing the Cultural Crossings of Care

Authors Eivind Engebretsen, Gina Fraas Henrichsen, and John Ødemark present a "translational medical humanities approach where the humanities are not only an auxiliary to medical science and practice, but also an interdisciplinary space where both medicine and the humanities mutually challenge and inform each other."

Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup

The Gold Foundation's Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup features summaries of recently published studies on humanism in healthcare. The latest roundup highlights articles about how a medical humanities course may be helpful in fostering empathy among pre-medical students, whether mindfulness can be taught and learned, and the importance of peer support during residency.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Story:
"The Opioid Epidemic Handbook for Parents"

"The Opioid Epidemic Handbook for Parents," by Jamie Zeppa, is a striking piece—structured in the form of an intake questionnaire for a treatment center—that explores how parents deal with a daughter's addiction.

New Post: "End-of-Life Dreams & Visions"

Sebastian C. Galbo interviews Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, and Carine Mardorossian, PhD, about their book Death is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End, in which the authors examine the dreams described by terminally ill individuals.

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities


Call for Papers: Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Medical Humanities
The editors are inviting scholars of medical humanities to participate in the The Encyclopaedia of Health Humanities to be published by Springer Nature (under the imprint of Palgrave Macmillan). This will be the first reference volume of the health humanities of its kind. Entries are sought with a lower limit of approximately 500-1,000 words and an upper limit of no more than 10,000 words. Entries will be published online by Springer as they are approved, with a final date of January 2022 for publication. More information.

Events & Conferences


The Science of Music

An online talk by Dr Pascal Wallisch

Trauma and The Current Crisis: How Traumatic Experiences Are Registered in Mind and Body


“Passing for Human: Writing Comics from Life,” a talk by cartoonist Liana Finck

May Virtual Narrative Medicine Rounds, Columbia Narrative Medicine

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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