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Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Medical Humanities

Image credit: Gerrit Dou,
The Dropsical Woman (detail), c. 1663,
Oil on panel, Musee du Louvre, Paris

What is Medical Humanities and Why Does It Matter?
by Stephanie Brown Clark, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Medical Humanities Making the News!
More Pre-Med Students Opting for Health Humanities Programs

The Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary group drawn from the healthcare specialties and the humanities. Its application of humanities (history, literature, philosophy, visual arts, music, theatre, studies in culture, religion, disabilities and gender) and bioethics (philosophy, law and clinical ethics) to the practice of medicine and the care of patients is a part of the University of Rochester's traditional consideration of the social and ethical contexts of medicine.

“The spirit of Humanities is the greatest single gift in education.”

       ~ William Osler, The Old Humanities and the New Science, 1919.

Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 676, Room G-11137
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 275-5800

Fax: (585) 276-0152
Email: mary_fisher@urmc.rochester.edu