Medical Humanities (Semester 4)

This course tries to chart and study the close relationship between the spheres of Western medicine and Anglophone literature at various historical junctures, with a specific interest in mental health narratives. It will also discuss ways to frame the distinct field of enquiry that Medical Humanities has become  – the gathering of theoretical, critical and practical insights from across the social sciences to explore the meanings that get attached to health, illness, disease, disability, and therapeutic encounters (from both a professional and patient perspective), such that the healing process is caring, and not merely pathological (or curative, or functional).

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