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The Unveiling of the New Literature & Medicine Annotated Bibliography, the New Evaluations, Art, and Other Noteworthy News …

Annotated Bibliography Goes Live!
& a List of Lit & Med Favorites

One of the best things about the Literature & Medicine program has been the freedom that facilitators, liaisons, and humanities council staff have to work together to find readings that address particular needs and interests of the hosting health care sites. This process has just become much easier with the launching of an on-line version of our Annotated bibliography.

The Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® Annotated Bibliography, created and compiled by the Maine Humanities Council, is an annotated list of works that have been read and discussed by Literature & Medicine groups. Scholars who have facilitated the groups provide summaries of each text, commentary on the issues it raises, suggested pairings and other pertinent information; many entries include annotations from several different scholars. The bibliography is updated every summer with annotations for readings discussed by Literature & Medicine groups during the previous year. We ask users to register to access the bibliography.

The bibliography is divided into four categories:

  • The Experience of Illness
  • Being a Caregiver
  • Voices From the Edge
  • Social Perspective and Policy

The annotations reflect most of the readings incorporated in the program in Maine; we also welcome annotations from any facilitators working in Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® programs in partnering states. Please contact Lizz Sinclair for submission guidelines.

Just looking for a quick overview of what is read in the program? We have also posted a list of some favorite Literature & Medicine readings on our website.

Click here to access the bibliography and the list of favorite readings.


We have been working with Dr. Bruce Clary of the Muskie Institute at the University of Southern Maine to develop a new evaluation format for Literature & Medicine. Stay tuned!

Of Interest

For those in New England: The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts has a wonderful exhibit (until September 25, 2005) Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800, that brings together paintings that explore the role of art as a spiritual remedy for plague. View powerful scenes of devastation and salvation by some of the greatest artists of the period, including Tintoretto, Canaletto, Mignard, Sweerts, and van Dyck. Special lectures, tours, and classes are scheduled.

Facilitator Ruth Smith combined a visit to this exhibition with a discussion of plague-related readings for the first 2005 session of the Literature & Medicine group at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

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To read an on-line article about the exhibit, click here.

Word is Getting Out!

The Literature & Medicine program was mentioned in "Narrative Medicine and Ethics," a segment of Religion & Ethic NewsWeekly, a nationally syndicated production of Thirteen/WNET New York (Season VII) in 2004.

For more information, please contact Lizz Sinclair, the Program Officer for Literature & Medicine at MHC.

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