About Us

Perspectives in Medical Humanities publishes scholarship produced or reviewed under the auspices of the University of California Medical Humanities Consortium, a multi-campus collaborative of faculty, students and trainees in the humanities, medicine, and health sciences. Our series invites scholars from the humanities and health care professions to share narratives and analysis on health, healing, and the contexts of our beliefs and practices that impact biomedical inquiry. The series is made possible by a grant from the UC Office of the President, support from the Dean of Medicine at UCSF, and the Center for Humanities and Health Sciences at UCSF.

The aim of the Perspectives in Medical Humanities series is to bring together the visions and analytic approaches from scholars across the ‘two cultures’ divide to demonstrate how multiple perspectives on biomedical issues enhance our overall understanding of social, cultural and humanistic meanings attached to health care.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Sc.D., University of Toronto
Cornelius Borck, MD, Institute for the History of Science at Lubeck
Patrizia Guarnieri, University of Firenze – Italy
Anita Guerrini, PhD, Oregon State University
Rhodri Hayward, PhD, Queen Mary, University of London
Jessica Howell, PhD, Center for Humanities and Health, King’s College, University of London
Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
Guy Micco, MD, University of California Berkeley
Kathryn Montgomery, PhD, Northwestern University
Christer Nordlund, PhD, Umea University, Sweden
Johanna Shapiro, PhD, University of California Irvine, School of Medicine

The UC Medical Humanities Consortium financially underwrites the editorial and design preparation of each manuscript, and is therefore limited in the quantity it can commit to publishing. Priority is given to scholarship that stems from work supported by the Consortium. However, the editorial board welcomes inquiries and will seek partnerships to assist publication of quality scholarship to the best of our ability.


We are proud to offer author awards and publication subventions of up to $7,000 each year, divided among as many applications that qualify. The intention of these awards is to assist authors and editors with the costs associated with publishing (design, proofreading, copyright costs, reproduction fees, digital production, etc.) books that have been accepted for publication by the University of California Medical Humanities Press (UCMHP). Before applying, authors or editors should consult with the UCMHP General Editor on the status of their proposed manuscript and appropriate costs necessary to advance the scholarship to publication in the relevant format. Awards are reviewed and allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, and subject to the availability of remaining award funds. Awards are provided on the condition the funds are used to support the costs of publication as described in the application form. Before awards can be processed, recipients must also complete a W-9 form to report miscellaneous income. Apply here.

Further inquires should be directed to Professor Brian Dolan, UCSF, brian.dolan@ucsf.edu.