Association For Medical Humanities - Promoting critical dialogues between humanities and healthcare

Association For Medical Humanities

Promoting critical dialogues between humanities and healthcare

Who we are

The AMH promotes understandings of both the human condition and practices of patient care through critical dialogue between medicine/healthcare and the arts/humanities.


Dr Joseph O’Dwyer

(President 2016-19 and Acting Treasurer 2016-17)

Joe has worked as a doctor in the NHS for over 30 years. He has always had an interest in medical ethics; becoming a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management stimulated a broader interest in medical humanities and the impact that engagement with the arts might have on the pain experience.   In 2008 he joined the Association for Medical Humanities and in 2012 completed a MA in Medical Humanities at Swansea University. Joe served as the Treasurer of the AMH from 2010-2016 and became President in July 2016 at the AGM in Greenwich. His focus as president will be to strengthen the core structure of the AMH and to increase its value to members.


Linda Turner


Linda is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton with a MA(Ed) in Literature and Language in Education. She introduced Medical Humanities into year 1 of the BM curriculum in 2008 as a mandatory module and leads an interdisciplinary staff group that teaches options in art, drama, music, creative writing, film and cultural studies to medical students. She has 25 years’ experience of innovative curriculum design and delivery in further and higher education and her own speciality is literature and narrative in medicine. She has presented papers nationally and internationally on curriculum delivery, teaching and learning and Medical Humanities and has supervised research projects in these areas.


Material Medicine: Objects, Bodies and the Haptic, AMH Conference 2019, Plymouth University , UK.

Click HERE to link to conference event page 26 – 28 June 2019 This conference begins with critical anthropocentrism in both medical narratives and the humanities, and will explore the meanings of objects and the non-human extent in medical humanities research. Call for Papers We kindly encourage you to submit a proposal for presentation...


Glasgow University Medical Arts and Humanities Student Event

On the 19th November, the Glasgow University Medical Arts and Humanities society hosted an event entitled “Stories: Dying and End of Life Care”. The aim of this event was to bring together experts from a variety of fields including anthropology, palliative medicine, general practice, chaplaincy and art. These specialists were invited to bring a...


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