Saying Goodbye

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this post first appeared we have resumed updating the blog.

After more than three years of blog postings, we are no longer adding posts. Our original aim was to bring many medical humanities voices, perspectives, and projects to the attention of those who are working in the field. To that end we published 78 invited entries by almost as many different authors. Our posts always began with an image, in keeping with our belief that art is an important element and resource for medical humanities.

There were discussions of what constitutes “medical humanities” and “biocultures.” Writers told of new medical humanities initiatives they had instituted at their health care institutions and universities. We learned of experiments in narrative self reflection and creative writing. Often, there were constructive comments and interesting questions in response to our blogs. We invite you to browse, learn from, and enjoy these posts. We direct your attention also to several worthy medical humanities blogs that are current:

In the United States
Daniel Goldberg’s Medical Humanities Blog
Rebecca Garden’s blog on Teaching Disability in Health and Ethics

In the United Kingdom
British Medical Journal’s Medical Humanities Blog, edited by Deborah Kirklin
Medical Humanities written by a large group of contributors.

Thanks to all for your interest and participation.
Felice Aull, Ph.D., M.A.

  1. Thomas Lawrence Long

    Felice, sorry to hear this news, but grateful for your generosity in creating this conversation. Blogging and managing a blog are enormously time consuming (and not sufficiently rewarded within academia), so your time and energy were that much more noble. I’ve kept an update window on my home page that alerts me to your latest posts, even if I’ve usually been a lurker rather than a commentator. Best wishes for your future activities, and I hope we will keep in touch. –Tom

  2. Felice Aull

    Tom–Thanks for your comments and understanding. Your contribution to the blog was excellent and the work you do is very important. Thanks also for your constructive notes to the lit-med list-serv.

    WIll be in touch,

  3. Linda Raphael

    Dear Felice,

    Your work has been inspirational to me! I would not have been able to put together courses for medical humanities/narrative medicine at GWU School of Medicine without the sources that you and those who have worked with you have made evident.

    I hope that you will take great pleasure in knowing that many, many people have profited from your work. For example, one of my track students (“minors” in medical humanities) has imitated the form of the NYU Literature and Medicine Database for a project on films and visual arts that represent disfigurement in some way. At the same time, the blog has connected people and ideas in the best fashion known to contemporary technology!

    My very best wishes,


  4. Felice Aull

    Dear Linda,

    Thanks so much for your comments. I know that you are using our web site resources and doing so in a most productive and careful manner. I admire how you have built your program up and the thought you put into what you are doing.

    All the best,

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