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The interdisciplinary field of health humanities: the use of the arts and humanities to examine medicine in personal, social, and cultural contexts. Topics include the doctor/patient relationship, the patient perspective, the meaning of doctoring, and the meaning of illness. Sources include visual and performing arts, film, and literary genres such as poetry, fiction, and scholarly writing. Designed for medical students in the Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration, but all students are welcome. Stanford's Medicine and the Muse Program also offers researchers and students avenues through which to integrate medicine and the humanities. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region


University or College

Stanford University

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Medical Humanities and the Arts

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Professor Emerita of Anesthesiologgy, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Academic Year(s) Active

2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21

Primary Works on Reading List

Tony Hoagland, Emigration; Gwendolyn Brooks, We Real Cool; Ross Gay, Sorrow Is Not My Name; Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb; Li-Young Lee, Persimmons; Jane Kenyon, The Sick Wife; Brian Fies, Mom's Cancer; David Sedaris, A Plague of Tics (from Naked); and Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals.

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