The Edinburgh Medicine in Literature Reading Group is an interdisciplinary reading group based in Edinburgh that meets regularly to discuss texts of a medical interest. The group used to meet informally every Monday evening, with the topics, texts and locations communicated in advance of each meeting. Future meeting times and themes for meeting are still to be confirmed.
Anybody is free to attend the discussions or even suggest material for future meetings. Current members mostly include medical students as well as literature students with an interest in the medical humanities.
Discussions in the past have been on a variety of themes and subjects, such as the representation of medicine in fiction, the ethics of care and the role of empathy in healing. Some of the recent texts discussed have included Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body, Nadine Gordimer’s Get a Life, Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and W H Auden’s poems ‘The Art of Healing’ and ‘Lines to Dr Walter Birk on his Retiring from General Practice’. No prior knowledge (of medicine or of literary studies) is assumed at any of the meetings.
The Reading Group is also involved in producing The Lumen, an annual journal on the mutual dialogue between medicine, the arts and the humanities. More details about The Lumen can be found in the respective section of the web site.
To find out more about the reading group orto make recommendations about readings, feel free to get in touch using the following contact form:
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