Explore the humanities throughout The JAMA Network, including essays and poetry about having and caring for illness, history of medicine, and reviews of arts events.
This Arts and Medicine essay describes the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, a program that brings poets and facilitators to dementia care settings to reduce social isolation and nurture creative expression among older adults with cognitive deficits.
In this narrative medicine essay, a pediatrician and PhD-trained epidemiologist considers the personal significance of the statistically rare event that has happened to her and the implications for how she cares for patients and communicates risks to families confronting medical decisions.
In this Viewpoint, Abraham Verghese and Sonoo Thadaney Israni acknowledge the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) for health care, but argue that developers must work with physicians to ensure that any AI health care system helps clinicians deliver better, more equitable humanistic care, not just more accurate, scientific care.
This essay discusses the experience of a family member included in a medical visit.
In this narrative medicine essay, the author shares how he assembled the tools to help him manage his pain from fibromyalgia and argues for reuniting pain medicine with compassion.
This article describes the benefits of maintaining a long-term physician-patient relationship rather than the trend toward more temporary relationships.
In this article, the author discusses his struggles with hope and delusion in his personal experience with renal cell carcinoma.
This article presents the perspective of parents who have children affected by acute flaccid myelitis and the importance of early awareness, intervention, and advocacy.
In this narrative medicine essay, an MD-PhD candidate purssuing a graduate degree in the history of medicine uses her study of an early HIV/AIDS archive to reflect on the importance of history in contribution to a proper understanding of contemporary health care and policy and on its vital role in teaching students empathy and emotional intelligence.
This personal narrative examines the sudden end of an ill spouse’s medical career through the metaphor of a surfing mishap.
In this narrative medicine essay, 2 female physicians recount uncomfortable moments during their training when patients made inappropriate comments, and they challenge teaching physicians to address such comments in real time to educate patients and defend an equitable learning environment for trainees.
This essay discusses the use of “I” statements in communicating a prognosis to patients.
This article illustrates how social media can create new communities within medicine and, in particular, advance gender equity in oncology.
In this narrative medicine essay, the author mourns the suicide of young adult of a friend and relives his brother’s suicide 30 years earlier in a stream of consiousness montage of grief and advice to succor for those left behind.
This essay describes the author’s relationship with her dog and how caring for an animal relates to treating a person.
In this narrative medicine essay, two physicians write to their gravely ill 4-year-old daughter promising to try and remain hopeful despite their inability to protect her.
This personal essay recounts an example of the complexities of informed consent.
This essay describes the process of coming to an understanding of grief following the death of a family member who had cancer.
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