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The Medical Humanities theme explores the relationships between individuals, communities and health.

Medical Humanities

The term medical humanities covers a range of perspectives and approaches that explore scientific knowledge, clinical practice and health-care policies, as well as experiences, narratives and representations of health and disease.

Often conceived primarily in terms of humanising medical students and doctors, the medical humanities also possess the potential to offer critical insights into health and disease that are complementary, rather than antagonistic, to those provided by research in the medical sciences.

Research in this area unites staff from a number of disciplines including:

Our impact

  • Theme Leader Prof Mark Jackson is a Senior Academic Adviser (Medical Humanities) at the Wellcome Trust. Prof Jackson provides intellectual and strategic advice to Trust staff, and develops specific collaborative projects. His remit also includes strengthening links with other humanities funders, particularly the Arts and Humanities Research Council and their theme of Science in Culture.
  • Research from Prof Mark Jackson into how changing ideas of balance have shaped scientific and clinical models of healthy lifestyles has received a five year Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award.

    The project will analyse clinical and scientific investment in notions of balance and the shifting political and cultural authority of the concept within modern societies. The research seeks to re-assess the value of trying to achieve balanced lives and consider alternative concepts for understanding and explaining patterns of health and disease. Project team members include Dr Ali Haggett, Martin Moore and Fred Cooper.

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