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.


Our mission is to build community in the medical and health humanities by providing an open-access platform for healthcare professionals, writers, humanities, and social sciences scholars to share perspectives on social, cultural, ethical, and humanistic meanings attached to healthcare


The Press welcomes submissions of original manuscripts for the book series, articles for the Perspectives in Medical Humanities journal, or essays for the “Through History” occasional paper series (Digital Essays / Supplements). 


The Press was established with help from—but as an independent entity of—the University of California Press and California Digital Library in 2010. The Medical Humanities Press and its editorial work has been funded through two separate grants from the University of California Office of the President as part of a Multi-Campus Research Program Initiative that formed the UC Medial Humanities Consortium (PI Dr. Brian Dolan (UCSF), co-PIs Dr. Johanna Shapiro (UC Irvine), Dr. Guy Micco (UC Berkeley), and Dr. Faith Fitzgerald (UC Davis). Grant IDs UCOP 141374 (2010-2015) and UCOP MR-15-328363 (2015-2019). Since 2019, the Press has been supported by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at UCSF, the UCSF School of Medicine Dean’s Office, and through subventions from authors and institutions to assist in the production of scholarship. 

We are a non-profit, academic Press that is committed to open access scholarship. Hard copies of works are often available through print-on-demand services that we make available through online retailers.


Brian Dolan, PhD (General Editor) (UCSF) History of Medicine, Narrative Medicine 
Silvia Camporesi, PhD (King’s College, London) Bioethics
Guy Micco, MD (UC Berkeley) Poetry
Cristina Nigro, MS, PhD (National Institutes of Health) Philosophy, Neuroscience
Mark Parascandola, PhD, MPH (NIH National Cancer Institute) Ethics, Epidemiology, Photography
Dorothy Porter, PhD (UCSF) History, Public Health