The medical humanities today: humane health care or tool of governance?

J Med Humanit. 2008 Mar;29(1):1-4. doi: 10.1007/s10912-007-9044-y.


The medical humanities have been presented as a panacea for medical reductionism; a means for 'humanizing' medicine. However, there is a lack of consensus about the appropriate contributing disciplines and how curricula should be taught and assessed. This special issue critically examines the role of the medical humanities in medical education and their potential to serve, inadvertently or otherwise, as a tool of governance. The contributors, who include medical educators and medical practitioners, employ a range of perspectives for analysing the pertinent issues.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humanities*
  • Humans
  • Patient Rights
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • United Kingdom