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Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a book for medical educators, practitioners, students and those in the allied health professions who wish to learn how the arts can contribute toward a more caring and empathic approach to medicine. Topical research and inspiring real-life accounts from international innovators in the field of humanistic medicine show how the creative arts in varied forms can contribute toward greater learning and understanding in medicine, as well as improved health and quality of life for patients and practitioners.

From the Canadian Medical Association Journal:

"How do the creative arts help practitioners enhance clinical and relational skills? The amply credentialled contributors to Creative Arts in Humane Medicine — physicians, medical students, allied health professionals and artists — provide some answers… Gifted voices from both medicine and the humanities have contributed to Creative Arts in Humane Medicine in McLean’s ensemble effort to show us different paths to the future."

Dr. Vincent Hanlon, Physician and Family Support Program, Alberta Medical Association

Other Reviews

Hektoen International

South African Medical Journal

Arts, Literature, and Medicine Database at the NYU School of Medicine

Table of Contents

Foreword: Medical students support arts and humanities in medicine, Aliye Runyan, MD
Introduction: Touching the heart of what it is to be human, Cheryl L. McLean
Section I: Educating for Empathy Through the Arts
1. Teaching empathy through role-play and fabric art: An innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers, André Smith, Jane Gair, Phyllis McGee, Janice Valdez, and Peter Kirk, MD
2. Remember Me for Birds: An ethnodrama about aging, mental health and autonomy, Cheryl L. McLean
Lifelines: The art of medicine challenges humanity within us, Craig Chen, MD
3. The visual arts in health education at the Melbourne Dental School, Mina Borromeo, Heather Gaunt, and Neville Chiavaroli
Section II: The Arts and Practitioner Self-Care
4. Advocating for drama in patient communication, Alim Nagji, MD
5. Reader’s theatre and sharing the experience of caregiving: Home Is Where the Heart Is, Maura McIntyre
6. The Stanford Arts and Anesthesia Soiree: Performing to create community and understand anesthesiology, Craig Chen, MD, Natalya Hasan, MD, Julie Good, MD, and Audrey Shafer, MD
7. Art practice and bringing emotions to life in the anatomy lab: The story of an artist in residence, Rachael Allen
8. Music as medicine for interdisciplinary team self-care and stress management in palliative care, Amy Clements-Cortes
9. Expressive arts and practitioner self care: Simply Being Human, Diane Kaufman, MD, Virginia S. Cowen, Jodi Rabinowitz, and Marilynn Schneider
Lifelines: Medical doodles: Drawing toward learning and remembering, M. Michiko Maruyama
Section III: Navigating with Narrative through Life Experience
10. The narrative reflective process: Giving voice to experiences of illness, Jasna Krmpotic Schwind
11. Navigating through care: My life experiences with medical practitioners, John J. Guiney Yallop
12. The childhood novel and the art of the interview in paediatrics practice, Catherine L. Mah, MD
Lifelines: The Healing Arts Program, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Marlessa Wesolowski and Christopher Cooper
Section IV: The Creative Arts in Action for Change in Health
13. Arts-based inquiry and a clinician educator’s journey of discovery, Louise Younie, GP
Lifelines: Art in action for change in healthcare, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
14. From human destructiveness to creativity, Bandy X. Lee, MD
15. Digital stories for teaching ethics and law to health and social service professionals, Louise Terry
Lifelines: Reaching out with heartfelt art: Medical and fine arts students build bridges to communities, Carol Ann Courneya

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a graceful and important book that offers a groundbreaking, inspiriting engagement with issues such as empathy, empowerment, ethics and evidence, explored by a rich cast of inter-professional authors such as artists, educators, clinicians, and researchers. Through a collage of creative arts methods and messages, these authors illuminate the essence of the “human story of health care” as loving, healing and humanly embodied—an essential message in an era of highly institutionalized technical health care. A must read for academics, researchers, clinicians, and students interested in creative healing arts, narrative health and humane medicine, or for anyone interested in the application of reflection and curiosity, creative expression and arts-based methods to the field of healthcare.

Sue MacRae -- Registered Nurse, Clinical Ethicist, Psychotherapist

The book makes a strong case for broadening the base from which we as medical professionals live and work.

South African Medical Journal

McLean’s new book is for all those interested in healthcare and the arts.… [T]he integration of the arts into health care professional education remains a marginalized field, but best practices in this field abound.

Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities

This publication calls attention to a wide range of situations in which art forms might be educational or therapeutically helpful.…Creative Arts in Humane Medicine may serve an important role in stimulating further interest and research in this field.

The Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, NYU School of Medicine

Cheryl McLean's Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a fascinating collection of essays that evocatively illustrates the importance of literature, music, photography, and art in facilitating self-care and awareness among health care providers, training empathetic physicians, and improving patient care.

Dr. Martin Donohoe -- Author of Public Health and Social Justice (2013)

Some have said that medicine, rather than being a science, is really an interactive process. It is informed by science but also dependent on psychology, sociology, philosophy, law and human creativity. McLean’s book should be a must read for those responsible for medical education...so that in the end the human connection between healers and those they heal is enhanced.

Dr. Michael Gordon -- Medical Program Director, Palliative Care, Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine takes us on a fascinating journey to meet the educators, clinicians, support workers and artists who apply arts-based methods in innovative ways to enhance patient care, reflexivity in learners and a sense of community, and well-being in practitioners. The book stands out with an emphasis on multiple media (theater, music, visual and digital imagery, literature and reflective writing), as well as the inclusion of international and interprofessional perspectives.

Dr. Allan D. Peterkin -- Head, Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto

Cheryl L. McLean

Cheryl L. McLean is an independent scholar and publisher of The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (IJCAIP). A leading contributor to the field of the creative arts in interdisciplinary research, she has been a keynote speaker, lecturer and workshop facilitator at conferences and events across North America.