Medical Humanities in Europe (Special Issue, Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology on Medical Humanities, 2012))

Medical Humanities in Europe

In March last year (2012), Professor Roberto Malacrida secured funding to invite scholars from a number of European countries and aligned with the medical humanities to meet to collaborate on a writing project. Roberto has been a long-time advocate of the medical humanities and particularly within clinical practice, and is a key figure at the Clinical Ethics and Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Institute of the Ente Ospedialiero Cantonale and Sasso Corbaro Medical Humanities Foundation, Bellinzona, Switzerland. The generous support for the meeting came from the European School of Oncology together with a commitment from the international and peer reviewed journal ‘Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology’ for a special issue dedicated to introducing its readership to the potential contributions of medical humanities research. Participants came from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, as well as from various institutions in Switzerland and contributed diverse disciplinary insights spanning the humanities, the social sciences and different branches of medicine.

The products of our engagements are now published:

Rubinelli, S., Malacrida, R. (Guest editors), 2012, Medical Humanities: What they are, why they matter in Oncology. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 84S2.

The table of contents is:

Medical Humanities: a question of style
Graziano Martignoni, Nicola Grignoli, Valentina Di Bernardo, Martina Malacrida, Guenda Bernegger, Fabrizio Barazzoni, Roberto Malacrida

Constructing the Medical Humanities gaze
Marco Annoni, Giuseppe Schiavone, Luca Chiapperino, Giovanni Boniolo

Narrative in cancer research and policy: voice, knowledge and context
Sarah Atkinson, Sara Rubinelli

An alternative view on the task of prognosis
Guenda Bernegger, Michael Musalek, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

The place of the unknown in the Medical Humanities
Louise L. Lambrichs, Chantal Marazia, Luis Montiel

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