Medical Humanities & the Arts Council

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About the Medical Humanities & the Arts Council

The Yale Medical Humanities and the Arts Council is committed to fostering the use of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts as a lens for examining issues in health, medicine, and healing. Serving the Yale School of Medicine community is the chief goal of the Yale Medical Humanities and the Arts Council. To this end, we seek to publicize events and initiatives, cultivate a network of people and programs, and promote interdisciplinary communication and community awareness by enhancing the visibility of the rich resources and activities at Yale and in our region.

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Getting Started with Readings

The readings in these lists lean heavily to medical history as one lens for examining interactions among medicine, culture, and society. Each grouping represents a sample of worthwhile works, not an introductory (and certainly not a comprehensive) bibliography.

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Psychiatry, Politics and Civil Rights

Mical Raz

Mical Raz, MD, PhD, examines in her new book project The Poor Have Less the historical origins of the deprivation hypothesis, and argues that “cultural deprivation” was based on race and class-specific interpretations of sensory and maternal deprivation.

Humanities are the Hormones: from Osler to Nuland

First Sherwin Nuland Annual Lecture

Lecture by Albert R. Jonsen, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; currently Co-Director of the Program in Medicine and Human Values, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco.

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure

Despite more than a century and a half of classification and cataloguing, buried in the sheer mass of this collection are wondrous items largely unseen by the public and obscure even to librarians, curators, and historians. The individual objects—rare, extravagant, idiosyncratic, and sometimes surprising—brought to light in this book glow with beauty, grotesquery, wit and/or calamitous tragedy.