Medicine and humanities: voicing connections

J Med Humanit. 2008 Mar;29(1):5-14. doi: 10.1007/s10912-007-9045-x.


Accepting as a given that the humanities disciplines are not product or "results" driven, this paper argues that the core of an interdisciplinary field of medicine and humanities, or medical humanities, is an interpretive enterprise that is not readily open to quantitative assessment. A more humanistically oriented medical practice can derive, however, from the process that produces new insights and works toward the development of a new, mutually shared, and humanizing language.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical*
  • Humanities*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • United States