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Health humanities: the future of medical humanities?

Paul Crawford (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK)
Brian Brown (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, UK)
Victoria Tischler (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK)
Charley Baker (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 17 November 2010

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Abstract

This discussion paper reviews and critiques literature related to the evolution of the medical humanities as an academic discipline and its contribution to healthcare provision. We argue that despite considerable advances in the field of medical humanities, needs have been identified for a more inclusive, outward‐facing and applied discipline. These needs can be met in the form of what we have called the health humanities, which both embrace interdisciplinarity and engage with the contributions of those marginalised from the medical humanities ‐ for example, allied health professionals, nurses, patients and carers. It is argued that there is a need for new thinking to develop the discipline of health humanities, to develop, provide and share research, expertise, training and education.

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Crawford, P., Brown, B., Tischler, V. and Baker, C. (2010), "Health humanities: the future of medical humanities?", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 4-10. https://doi.org/10.5042/mhrj.2010.0654

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