"The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal is designed to gather resources in medical humanities for students, scholars, physicians, and the general public for learning, exploration, and research.
We define “medical humanities” 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 healthcare education and clinical practice. Humanities thinking enriches healthcare education and practice, and medicine broadens our understanding of human being and the human condition.
Our mission is to bring together a worldwide collection of library, archival, museum, digital, and visual collections for the researcher to explore and use in the medical humanities. Here you will find listings of grants and fellowships available to support individual research in history of medicine and medical humanities. We also are a place for McMaster University colleagues and students interested in the field to network and share ideas and work.
The portal will house a series of thematic modules in six areas, created by students, artists, historians, and colleagues. Visit us again to see the work as it evolves:
- History of the Health Professions
- Hospitals, Institutions, and Medical Education
- The Public’s Health
- Blood, Leeches, and Quacks
- Arts, Literature, and Ethics
- Technology and Science
The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal was created in 2016 by the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine Ellen Amster, History Ph.D. candidate researchers Lauren Goldstein, Katarina Todic, and Nathan Coschi, and Bachelor of Health Sciences student Jinny Lee, with technical assistance from Todd Murray and the Computer Services Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Funding for the project was provided by Associated Medical Services, the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.
The portal is maintained by the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.
Principal Investigator, Ellen Amster, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of History, McMaster University."
Bibliographies in the history of medicine & history of health care by theme.