The growing field of Medical or Health Humanities uses methods of humanistic inquiry to analyze cultural practices and products related to health and illness. Subjects of study may be as diverse as patients’ narratives of their own illness, medical portraiture, the history of epidemics, or ethical and philosophical debates about standards of care. The field is inherently cross-disciplinary and collaborative: as just one example, scholars of literature may partner with health scientists, using narrative to better understand the experiences of aging and dementia. Applications of the Health Humanities include, but are not limited to, installations and creative projects, research studies, the education of undergraduate and medical students, and policy development.
The Health Humanities Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary group that studies emerging debates in the Health Humanities. Faculty, graduate and professional student participants work together to develop research projects, events and cross-disciplinary course offerings at Texas A&M University. Specific strands of inquiry include:

1) Global Health and the Humanities

2) Women’s Health

3) Visualizing Health and Illness

4) Narrative Medicine.

For more information on projects related to each of these strands, visit the “Research Spotlight” page or contact the Laboratory convenor, Dr. Jessica Howell, at tamuhealthhumanities@gmail.com.


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