Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary research
cluster with active researchers from Literature, Linguistics,
Philosophy, History, and China Studies. The cluster creates impactful
research that is attentive to the traditional concerns of the humanities
but also seeks ways to generate and sustain civic engagement. We have
three key areas of focus:
Enhancing the capacity of individuals to obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Our projects focus on the communication skills of lay persons and medical professionals as well as community engagement and public health.
Pathographies or stories of sickness are personal narratives that describe experiences of illness, treatment, and sometimes death. They offer the opportunity to understand and analyse the impact of socio-cultural factors (age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, etc) on conceptions of health and sickness.
History of Medicine
Shows how societies have changed in their approach to health, sickness and disease from ancient times to the present. Our cluster specialises in the Asian contexts of medicine with research projects on the Silk Road, the spread of medicine in China, and hospitals in South Korea.