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.
In this narrative medicine essay, JAMA’s editor in chief remembers his career mentors and their selflessness as they guided him in his early and mid-career and later became friends and colleagues.
This Arts and Medicine feature presents global postage and commemorative stamps issued by countries and nongovernmental organizations in 2020 featuring coronavirus pandemic-related themes.
In this narrative medicine essay, a palliative care physician finds the space between professional and patient distance thinning as the COVID pandemic drags on and wonders whether abiding with them is the lesson.
This essay discusses the author’s experience with stuttering as a medical student and how injustices surrounding speech fluency affect minoritized individuals.
This article provides the perspective of a first-line responder after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020.
This Viewpoint proposes that psychiatry should more closely attend to the poverty, justice system involvement, and housing issues of people with serious mental illness, supporting this view with quotes from philosophers.
This essay describes the author’s experience of not being able to visit and advocate for her mother in the intensive care unit during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
This article describes the unique difficulties faced by non-US citizen physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this narrative medicine essay, a pediatrician describes her struggle to recognize postpartum depression with the birth of her third child and how she found her way out.
This wordless graphic story conveys the loss and powerlessness felt by health care workers, patients, and families confronting the coronavirus pandemic, and was drawn by a community hospitalist as a tribute to each.
In this essay, an oncology fellow describes how his conversations with patients with terminal cancer and their families have changed regarding travel and gathering restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic
In this narrative medicine essay a geriatrics fellow describes the experience of preparing for and meeting her foster son and discusses her feelings of uncertainties that (mostly) melt away when sharing her new child's photo with a colleague the day after bringing him home.
This Arts and Medicine feature uses the A Star is Born movie series to chart trends in popular cultural representations of addiction and to argue for more authentic Hollywood depictions of substance use disorder.
In this narrative medicine essay, a surgeon tells of her experience as a caretaker for her partner disabled by chronic sequelae of head trauma, and the challenges it poses as she tries to maintain the professional distance required to do her job as a trauma attending.
In this narrative medicine essay an infectious diseases physician shares the sense of forgiveness she brings to anyone possibly involved in COVID-19 transmission, having learned as a child the healing power of family absolution after she witnessed the death of a cousin.
This article describes a young patient’s legacy of resilience, strength, love, hope, and peace.
In this narrative medicine essay, a medical school professor expresses gratitude for the caring and empathy expressed by the team caring for her mother hospitalized with COVID-19 and emphasizes the importance of humanity and compassion over facts and statistics for families physically separated from their critically ill loved ones.
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