Health Humanities Reader

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Therese Jones, Delese Wear, Lester D. Friedman
Rutgers University Press, Aug 28, 2014 - Social Science - 416 pages
Over the past forty years, the health humanities, previously called the medical humanities, has emerged as one of the most exciting fields for interdisciplinary scholarship, advancing humanistic inquiry into bioethics, human rights, health care, and the uses of technology. It has also helped inspire medical practitioners to engage in deeper reflection about the human elements of their practice.

In Health Humanities Reader, editors Therese Jones, Delese Wear, and Lester D. Friedman have assembled fifty-four leading scholars, educators, artists, and clinicians to survey the rich body of work that has already emerged from the field—and to imagine fresh approaches to the health humanities in these original essays. The collection’s contributors reflect the extraordinary diversity of the field, including scholars from the disciplines of disability studies, history, literature, nursing, religion, narrative medicine, philosophy, bioethics, medicine, and the social sciences.

With warmth and humor, critical acumen and ethical insight, Health Humanities Reader truly humanizes the field of medicine. Its accessible language and broad scope offers something for everyone from the experienced medical professional to a reader interested in health and illness.

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The Humanities as Therapeutic
Competing Diagnoses
My Quest for Health
Disability in Two Doctor Stories
Music and Disability
An Uneasy
Reading Philip
Do You Remember Me? Constructions of Alzheimers
Love in the Time of Dementia
Teaching Narratives of Mental Illness
Community Psychiatry and the Medical Humanities
Rites of Bioethics
Spirituality and Religion

A Literary Analysis
The Humanities Narrative and
Humanities and the Medical Home
Occupational Medicine
Seeing Bodies in Pain
Public Fetuses
A Performance for Five or More Bodies
Isaac Baker Brown
On Gender and Medicine
Race and Mental Health
The Rooms of Our Souls
To the Memory
Reconstructing Frankenstein
A Rationale for the History
Courting Discomfort in an Undergraduate Health
In Defense of Cheaper Stethoscopes
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (2014)

THERESE JONES is an associate professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities, and her extensive publications include Sharing the Delirium: Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances.

DELESE WEAR is a professor of behavioral and community health sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She has written and edited numerous books, including Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education.

LESTER D. FRIEDMAN is chair of media and society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A leading scholar on media representations of medicine, he is the editor of Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media and co-editor of Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies.

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