Rethinking Medical Humanities

Luca Chiapperino, Giovanni Boniolo

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This paper questions different conceptions of Medical Humanities in order to provide a clearer understanding of what they are and why they matter. Building upon former attempts, we defend a conception of Medical Humanities as a humanistic problem-based approach to medicine aiming at influencing its nature and practice. In particular, we discuss three main conceptual issues regarding the overall nature of this discipline: (i) a problem-driven approach to Medical Humanities; (ii) the need for an integration of Medical Humanities into medicine; (iii) the methodological requirements that could render Medical Humanities an effective framework for medical decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-387
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 19 2014


  • Medical decision-making
  • Medical Humanities
  • Theories of medical deliberation
  • Triangular reflective equilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health(social science)


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