Medical humanities: to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always

Med J Aust. 2005 Jan 3;182(1):5-8.


The medical humanities are concerned with "the science of the human", and bring the perspectives of disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, art and music to understanding health, illness and medicine. The medical humanities are designed to overcome the separation of clinical care from the "human sciences" and to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research to optimise patient care. Medical humanities have become part of the mainstream in medical education in North America and the United Kingdom, and are now integrated into many medical curricula in Australia. The Australasian Association for Medical Humanities was inaugurated in November 2004; a postgraduate program in the medical humanities began at the University of Sydney in 2003.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / methods
  • Education, Medical / trends*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Humanities / education*
  • Humans
  • Societies, Medical / organization & administration
  • Teaching / methods