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Medicine and Health From a Human Perspective

Human health and well-being needs to be understood from the perspective that humans are social and cultural beings.

Medical Humanities is a multidisciplinary field in which the humanities, social science and medical research is conducted within medicine and health. The fact that medical humanities is a multidisciplinary field, opens for opportunities where different perspectives on medicine and health can meet and cross-fertilize each other.

The role of this network is to take multidisciplinary initiatives, and to make the ongoing research on medicine and health visible from a humanistic perspective. It also seeks to highlight and strengthen the relevance of the humanities in relation to health sciences, social sciences, education, science and artistic research.

Medical humanities are an important example that the liberal arts and the humanities have an important role to play in relation to the opportunities and challenges of new medical knowledge and technology, which in a broader sense also points to the humanities importance and relevance for understanding and dealing with challenges for the society.

The term medical humanities is relatively new in Sweden although the humanities have long been studied and collaborated with medical science. In 2014 the Faculty of Arts Board decided to provide support for three years to build a network of medical humanities.


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  • New cluster leader for Heritage and Wellbeing

    [18 Sep 2017] Greater focus on the relationship between heritage and health. Less focus on standardized treatment methods in mental health. These are two things requested by Elisabeth Punzi, new leader in CCHS's research cluster Heritage and Wellbeing.

  • Design of spaces important for health and well-being

    [17 May 2017] A workshop on the importance of places and spaces for health and well-being was held on Tuesday at the Network for Medical Humanities. Architects, physicians, psychologists, artists and researchers gathered to discuss different places and their functions. "Studies show that how our built environment is designed affects our healing capacities," said architect Hanna Morichetto.

  • "You don't treat people like you can trade them in for something"

    [8 May 2017] What is digninty? What duties does it give to that person? What role does it play in how providers work with patients? These were some of the questions discussed at Friday¿s seminar in the Medical Humanities Network.

Page Manager: Katarina Wignell|Last update: 6/8/2017

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