The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal is designed to gather resources in medical humanities for students, scholars, physicians, and the general public for learning, exploration, and research.
We define “medical humanities” as an interdisciplinary field encompassing the humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history, religion), social science (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology) and the arts (theater, film, multimedia, visual arts), in dialogue with healthcare education and clinical practice. Humanities thinking enriches healthcare education and practice, and medicine broadens our understanding of human being and the human condition.
Our mission is to bring together a worldwide collection of library, archival, museum, digital, and visual collections for the researcher to explore and use in the medical humanities. Here you will find listings of grants and fellowships available to support individual research in history of medicine and medical humanities. We also are a place for McMaster University colleagues and students interested in the field to network and share ideas and work.
The portal will house a series of thematic modules in six areas, created by students, artists, historians, and colleagues. Visit us again to see the work as it evolves:
The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal was created in 2016 by the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine Ellen Amster, History Ph.D. candidate researchers Lauren Goldstein, Katarina Todic, Nathan Coschi, Vanessa Lovisa, Ateeka Khan, and MA researcher Alexandra Zavarise. The Bachelor of Health Sciences student Jinny Lee was our original webmaster, and Todd Murray and the Computer Services Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences provided design support, programming, and maintenance assistance. The current webmaster is Aline-Claire Hyung, BHSC student, class of 2020.
Funding for the project was provided by Associated Medical Services, the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.
The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal aims to provide general information about the topics presented here, it does not reflect an official position of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University or provide medical advice. The Portal is not intended to make statements concerning official policies of the institutions herein described, and information on the Portal may not be accurate, timely, accessible, or complete. The Portal is updated once yearly, but information and links from the site may be out of date, particularly with regards to fellowships, so readers are advised to visit the original sites. The appearance of external hyperlinks to other websites do not constitute an endorsement; we do not verify, endorse, or take responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or quality of the content contained in these sites.
Images for the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal are all drawn from the Wellcome Institute in the History of Medicine in London, UK, and the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, USA.