Medical Humanities: To Cure Sometimes, To Relieve Often, To Comfort Always

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Gordon, J. (2005). Medical humanities: To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always. Medical Journal of Australia, 182(1), 5-8. Retrieved from https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2005/182/1/medical-humanities-cure-sometimes-relieve-often-comfort-always

ISSN: 1326-5377


119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified


  • The medical humanities are concerned with “the science of the human”, and bring the perspectives of disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, art and music to understanding health, illness and medicine.

  • The medical humanities are designed to overcome the separation of clinical care from the “human sciences” and to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research to optimise patient care.

  • Medical humanities have become part of the mainstream in medical education in North America and the United Kingdom, and are now integrated into many medical curricula in Australia.

  • The Australasian Association for Medical Humanities was inaugurated in November 2004; a postgraduate program in the medical humanities began at the University of Sydney in 2003.


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