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Innovative web portal houses medical humanities resources

Published: February 26, 2017

A website is now available that compiles resources in medical humanities for learning, research and casual exploration by students, scholars, physicians, and the general public.

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal was created by Ellen Amster. She holds the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, and she is also an associate professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, and the Department of History at McMaster University.

The new online resource brings together a worldwide collection of library, archival, museum, digital, and visual collections for researchers to explore and use in the medical humanities. It is also a place for colleagues and students interested in the field to network, and to share ideas and work.

According to the website, medical humanities is defined as "an interdisciplinary field encompassing the humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history, religion), social science (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology) and the arts (theater, film, multimedia, visual arts), in dialogue with health care education and clinical practice. Humanities thinking enriches health care education and practice, and medicine broadens our understanding of human being and the human condition."

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal can be found at

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