Medical History Society of New Jersey

The Medical History Society of New Jersey was founded on May 7, 1980, largely through the efforts of Dr. Morris H. Saffron (1905-1993), noted medical historian and practicing dermatologist. Our goal is to promote interest, research, and writing in medical history, and we are dedicated to the discussion and enjoyment of the history of medicine and allied fields. Dinner meetings are held twice a year, in May and October, at the Nassau Club in Princeton. These semi-annual programs consist of a short business meeting followed by several talks on a variety of subjects, and then either the Saffron or Foundation Lectures.

NYU Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, Listerv, and Blog

This website, established by New York University School of Medicine, provides a searchable database of annotations of literature, film, and art relevant to medical humanities, as well as a listerv and blog to facilitate discussion on topics related to medical humanities. It also contains a directory of people and programs engaged in various aspects of medical humanities work and an archive of medical humanities syllabi.

UMDNJ-NJMS Center for Humanism & Medicine

The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at New Jersey Medical School promotes dignity and respect for the individual, commitment to the relief of suffering and the delivery of care that is kind, just and humble. The Center focuses the ideals of humanism in its educational programs, research endeavors, clinical practice and community outreach activities. They see their commitment to humanism as not only a way to enhance the medical education of  their students, but ultimately, to change the way medicine is practiced. Visit their website to find out more about the Center’s mission, programs, and courses, and to access their newsletter.

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

ASBH promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all of the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. The website also provides information about meetings, academic programs, online resources, and jobs.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University

The Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, established at Georgetown University, is the world’s oldest and most comprehensive academic bioethics center. The Institute and its library serve as an unequalled resource for those who research and study ethics, as well as those who debate and make public policy. The Kennedy Institute is home to a group of scholars who engage in research, teaching, and public service on issues that include protection of research subjects, reproductive and feminist bioethics, end of life care, health care justice, intellectual disability, cloning, gene therapy, eugenics, and other major issues in bioethics.

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The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute. The Center’s mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies. Much of the Center’s research addresses bioethics issues in three broad areas: care and decision making at the end of life, public health priorities, and new and emerging technologies. The Hastings Center Report is a bimonthly journal promoting ethics in health, medicine, and the environment. The website also contains information about internships, events, grants, fellowships, jobs, and other publications.

American Association for the History of Medicine

The AAHM is a scholarly association dedicated to the study of the history of health, healing and disease. The membership of the Association includes historians, health professionals, librarians, curators and archivists as well as graduate students in history and the health sciences. Each spring the annual meeting of the AAHM offers a wealth of workshops, seminars, lectures and luncheons and includes over two days of peer-reviewed research and scholarship on the history of healing, health and disease. This website contains links to history of medicine journals and valuable information about conferences, grants/fellowships, and jobs.

American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics

ASLME is a nonprofit educational organization, which provides scholarship, debate, and critical thought at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics. Members examine big health questions with far-reaching social ramifications, such as genetic testing and research, medical record privacy, end-of-life decisions, and the dynamics of informed consent. ASLME publishes two peer reviewed journals: the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Journal of Law & Medicine, and sponsors numerous conferences and webinars.

American Anthropological Association—Society for Medical Anthropology

This website serves the needs of scholars studying and practicing medical anthropology. It is an active research community and resource of information on issues of local, national, and international health importance. The website offers access to Medical Anthropology Quarterly: International Journal for the Analysis of Health, academic resources, jobs, funding, and conferences.

Medical Humanities Journal

Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. It features original articles relevant to the delivery of healthcare, the formulation of public health policy, the experience of being ill and of caring for those who are ill, as well as case conferences, educational case studies, book, film, and art reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes.

Journal of Medical Humanities

Journal of Medical Humanities publishes original papers reflecting its broad perspective on interdisciplinary studies of medicine and medical education. Research findings emerge from three areas of investigation: medical humanities, cultural studies, and pedagogy.

Literature and Medicine

Literature and Medicine explores the resonance between literary understanding and medical knowledge. Issues of illness, health, medical practice, trauma, and the body are examined through literary and cultural texts. The journal showcases the creative and critical work of renowned physician writers, leading literary scholars, and medical humanists.

Journal of Medical Ethics

Journal of Medical Ethics is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical ethics. The journal seeks to promote ethical reflection and conduct in scientific research and medical practice. It features original articles on ethical aspects of health care, as well as case conferences, book reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes.

This website, maintained by The American Journal of Bioethics, is a repository of news, news, scholarships, jobs, programs and other materials pertinent to bioethics. Its mission is to provide the clinical, legal, academic, scientific, religious and broad community-at-large with a rapid but comprehensive debate of issues in bioethics.

Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine

YJHM is an online clearinghouse for manuscripts treating the humanities and medicine. It also has a companion blog.

Internet Resources in the History of Medicine and Science

This site, administered by Yale’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, houses a comprehensive archive of links for association, organizations, images, museums, and discussion groups related the history of medicine and science.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

NIH Bioethics Resources on the Web

This website offers a library of annotated web links those with an interest in bioethics, including education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology, as well information about relevant journals, events, and careers in bioethics.

New York Academy of Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities. NYAM is an independent organization that addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, education, community engagement and innovative research. The New York Academy of Medicine Library serves the general public interested in access to health and medical information. Click here to search their collections.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

This is the world’s largest medical library. It collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care. Visit the website to search the library catalog, databases, resources, and to find information about news and events, jobs, as well as grants and funding.

Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. They promote and fund research and capacity biomedical ethics and medical humanities. They are also interested in how research into medical history and ethics can influence policy and practice and aim to engage the public on the societal and historical impacts of biomedical science. Click here for their grant opportunities in medical humanities.