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Medical Humanities

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What is Medical Humanities

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Medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field of humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history and religion), social science (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology), and the arts (literature, theater, film, and visual arts) and their application to medical education and practice. 

Medical humanities research is approached differently from the natural sciences, where data and hard evidence are required to draw conclusions. Because the human experience cannot be adequately captured by facts and figures alone, humanities research employs methods that are historical, interpretive, and analytical in nature.

Those engaged in humanities research pose questions about common assumptions, uncover new meanings in artistic works, or find new ways to understand cultural interactions. They are interested in raising questions and offering strong but tentative answers, not indisputable solutions.

The TMC Library Health Sciences Resource Center. (2015). Medical humanities. Retrieved from

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Data Sharing and Deposit Support

This resource is developed primarily to support uOttawa affiliated researchers with COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding. These resources are evolving, this page will be updated as new guidelines are made available.

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Collection : COVID-19 Telling her-stories collection

The content you share will let us hear your voice and share your experience with others now and in the future. Through your stories, we can understand your successes, struggles, happiness, and disappointments as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, for example, in terms of economics, health, career, unpaid care work, and domestic violence, etc.

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A Collection of Art by the University of Ottawa Medical Students