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. Mission Statement and Executive Editorial Board.

Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature:


Many of the bioethical and medical issues challenging society today have been anticipated and addressed in literature ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Albert Camus’s The Plague, to Margaret Edson's Wit....

The Firefly Project: Conversations about what it means to be alive

The Firefly Project

The Firefly Project: Conversations about what it means to be alive presents true dialogues about living and dying, hopes and dreams, grief and loss. These stories show human beings connecting...

Health Travels: Cuban Health(care) On and Off the Island


This collection of essays challenges static and binary discourses regarding the Cuban healthcare system, bringing together papers that paint a nuanced and dynamic picture of the intricacies of Cuban health(care)...

To Feel What Others Feel: Social Sources of the Placebo Effect


How is it that people in search of healing were at one time able to experience the therapeutic effects of “animal magnetism”? The evidence suggests that those who went in...

The Supreme Triumph of the Surgeon’s Art: A Narrative History of Endocrine Surgery


Endocrine surgery – the subspecialty of general surgery involving diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands as well as the endocrine pancreas – is a rapidly growing field of...