Medical Humanities Reading Group

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From the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and the Institute of Health and Society.

We warmly invite you to join a newly formed medical humanities reading group, starting in 2011. The first meeting will be at 5pm on Thursday, February 10th, and the place will be the Staff Common Room, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, 3rd floor of the Percy Building, Newcastle University (

Our aim is very simple: we are keen to understand how the emerging discipline of the ‘medical humanities’ is defined in different fields, with a view, perhaps, to shaping what it might come to mean in due course. The reading group is open to anyone with an interest in this topic. We have chosen a few texts to get us started, but we imagine the group’s aims and reading list will be adapted as we find our way. Here are a couple of the texts we have chosen to get started:

For the first meeting: From Kathryn Montgomery, How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005): Introduction: Rationality in an Uncertain Practice Chap 7 Aphorisms, Maxims and Old Saws: Some Rules of Clinical Reasoning.

For the second meeting: 2. Extracts from Rita Charon, Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

If you would like to join us, please do email Jenny ( and she will get the reading for the first meeting to you.

Jennifer Richards, Anne Whitehead, Shahaduz Zaman


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