A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
May 28, 2021

The prism model: advancing a theory of practice for arts and humanities in medical education

Informed by earlier scoping reviews and their own analyses, Tracy Moniz and co-authors offer a refined theory of practice—the Prism Model of four functions (mastering skills, perspective taking, personal insight and social advocacy)—to support more strategic use of arts and humanities in medical education across all learning domains.

National Library of Medicine Tour: Mental Health

During Mental Health Awareness Month, the NLM is featuring a virtual tour of its historical collections documenting the history of social and scientific efforts to understand mental illness and support people and communities in maintaining mental health. Highlights include selections from books, manuscripts, and still and moving images.

The Biomedical and
The Literary

To illustrate concepts about medical issues—including how plague spreads and Tourette Syndrome—J. Russell Teagarden juxtaposes biomedical explanations from scientific journals with literary excerpts from novels.

Trauma and Textualities

The latest issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities features articles on the theme of "Trauma and Textualities," including pieces on visual representations of physical trauma, how A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh Adventures and Hugh Lofting's The Story of Dr. Dolittle address trauma and pain, and more.

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

Featured Annotation:
Steven Field on The Great Influenza: A Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry

“For anyone seeking to understand the 1918 influenza pandemic not only from a scientific and medical historical standpoint, but also with an appreciation of the political and sociocultural milieu in which it took place, you can’t do much better than Barry’s work.”

Podcast: At the Bedside

"At the Bedside," a humanities-focused segment of the CORE IM podcast, discusses topics that reach beyond traditional evidence-based medicine and delves into the ethics and emotions that come with practicing today. The series was started by Dr. Margot Hedlin, a former Rudin Medical Ethics and Humanities Fellow.

The Burns Archive Photo of the Week

Diphtheria Antitoxin Production, Paris, circa 1938

Dr. Emil von Behring and Dr. Kitasato Shibasaburō discovered the diphtheria antitoxin in 1890. It was the first specific medical therapy and turned the focus of the medical world toward the creation of serums to cure disease. This artistic photograph of large diphtheria anti-serum bottles in the production stage is from a series of images documenting the manufacturing process. It was taken in the popular European Bauhaus photographic style that, among other things, reflected a modernist concern and fascination with industrial production. These images were created to project an aura of abundance, uniformity, and order by documenting rows of materials. The composition intended to represent the beauty of the modern age. This ‘new photography’ was most popular in Germany but had many followers around the world. Photographs of medical subjects can be dated fairly accurately because physicians, in their advertising and documentation imagery, usually utilized the most modern of styles. This photograph was taken almost 50 years after the discovery of the antitoxin. Few medical discoveries have received such continued attention.

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


Quick Links

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine
The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. Fellowships will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM historical collections during the calendar year following the application and selection. Application deadline September 30, 2021. More information.


Events & Conferences


Virtual: Life and Death in 1918

The Tenement Museum explores what made the flu of 1918 so devastating and how New York City responded to this global crisis.

The Grand Experiment: A Discussion on the Intersections of Science & Poetry


MedHumChat: From the Vault

Can Fairy Tales and Poetry Help Us Heal?

Make your Own Memento Mori: Befriending Death with Art, History and the Imagination

Four-week online course with Morbid Anatomy founder Joanna Ebenstein

Narrative Medicine Rounds with Freestyle Love Supreme Academy


The Story Collider's First Annual Proton Prom

A celebration of science storytelling (virtual)

5th Annual UnLonely Film Festival Launch Event

The 5th Annual UnLonely Film Festival is a collection of 40 short-narrative, animated, and documentary films dealing with the issue of loneliness. They are available to stream at all year long.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Annual Gala

Honoring Drs. Anthony Fauci, Wayne Riley, and Eric Topol with the National Humanism in Medicine Medal

Association for Medical Humanities Conference 2021: Making Space

Held at the University of Limerick, 15-17 June 2021

THE LINE Encore Streaming

First performed live on Zoom on July 8, 2020, the world premiere play was viewed more than 55,000 times in 18 countries during its limited streaming run last summer. Crafted from firsthand interviews with New York City medical first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, THE LINE cuts through the media and political noise to reveal the lived experiences of frontline medical workers.

Around the Table: Protecting The Mental Health of Frontline Healthcare Professionals: A Call to Action


Gold Human InSight Webinar

"We Are All Perfectly Fine: Lessons On Humor and Resilience" with Alan Alda & Dr. Jillian Horton
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