The Edinburgh University Medical Humanities Research Network is an interdisciplinary organisation launched in 2011 to bring together hundreds of practitioners, academic researchers, artists, and students in Edinburgh. The network is made up of those who are interested in the mutually beneficial relationship between medicine and the humanities: how the humanities can improve on medical practice, and how the medical world has influenced and infiltrated our understanding of humanity.

Contact Information

Contact: Claire McKechnie
Email: Claire.McKechnie@ed.ac.uk

The primary aims of the EUMHRN include:
  • building capacity for future Edinburgh University research in this area, including funding applications (e.g. to the Wellcome Trust), and high-quality work suitable for REF submission.
  • fostering research that can inform future teaching in the Medical Humanities.
  • developing and expanding inter-institutional links with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) active in the Medical Humanities, particularly Scottish HEIs.

What are the Medical Humanities?

The Medical Humanities use the methods of the arts, humanities and social sciences to contextualise, complement, and criticise biomedical accounts of human nature, health, and wellbeing. The medical humanities include medical law and ethics, and the history and philosophy of science and medicine, as well as newer areas such as: the creative practices of therapeutic writing and the arts in healthcare; theological accounts of spiritual care, wellbeing, and healing; the literary analysis of medical narratives; and studies of the social, historical and cultural construction of disability. This is only a partial list of subdisciplines in a relatively new and still growing field.

The Edinburgh University Medical Humanities Research Network is co-ordinated by Dr Claire McKechnie and for all inquiries, please email her.

Recent Announcements

  • Doctors as Writers There is a long tradition of doctor-writers throughout history, most notably from the eighteenth century onwards, but going as far back as antiquity. From Keats to Smollett, from Chekhov ...
    Posted 24 Sep 2012, 14:55 by Ally Crockford
  • Living with Death: Perspectives on End-of-Life Care It is with great pride that we announce our first EUMHRN organised event of the 2012/2013 year. ¬†Entitled 'Living with Death: Perspectives on End-of-Life Care', the event ...
    Posted 24 Sep 2012, 03:51 by Ally Crockford
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