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Medical Humanities, what is it?

The concept ‘Medical Humanities’ is a designation for interdisciplinary approaches where concepts and methods from different spheres of knowledge come together, and where the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Fine Arts play crucial parts in the development of Medicine and Health Science.

Medical Humanities at the Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities

We endeavour to work along interdisciplinary lines, building bridges between faculties and subjects. Concepts and methods are determined by the research issues involved, by educational commitments and/or by the nature of our external partnerships. We’re keen to draw maximum benefits from the extremely wide range of subjects and disciplines at Lund University.

At the heart of our activities is the human encounter between patients and those who care for them. Consequently, we chose ‘empathy and compassion’ as our first research theme. The theme constitutes a conceptual framework for reflections, activities and actions geared to understanding, explaining and improving this encounter between human beings.

Research theme: Empathy and compassion


Åsa Thormählen
Asa [dot] Thormahlen [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Asa[dot]Thormahlen[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)