The Humanities, Arts & Medicine Database was begun in 2005 as a labor of love for an informal group of medical students and faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland interested in what literature had to say about the art and science of healing. For about a year we had been meeting each month to discuss a short story, a poem, song lyrics, a television episode or a movie: anything that touched on the theme. As we nosed around, we discovered a database of this kind of material at New York University (see Links), but found Canadian content in the database to be lacking. So, we set about building on the good work others had begun by compiling of a collection of exclusively Canadian works of literature. Recently (2014), the database has become an independent venture of Dr. Monica Kidd and Dr. JTH Connor, though the purpose is the same: to serve as a resource to medical teachers and scholars of medical humanities.
This site houses an annotated list of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, plays and films by Canadian authors and filmmakers that deal with some aspect of health, illness, or the body; the database does not list children's literature or traditional non-fiction works, such as textbooks or self-help books. Users may search the database by key word, field of medicine, genre, and/or author. Each entry is annotated with a short summary and author bio. Copyright rules prevent us from providing the actual works themselves; instead, links are provided to the work, publisher or author. This is a work in progress; we hope that you will find holes and feel compelled to help us fill them (read on)!
How we work
This project remains a labor of love, with no staff, and no budget. We rely on volunteers to contribute annotations and help keep us up to date.
If you spot an error, please contact us and help us correct it.
If you see holes, please go to our Contribute page and help us fill them.
If you are an author or publisher and think your work should be here, please contact us and let us know.
If you use this site, please contact us to let us know, and tell us how we can make it work better.
Thanks to Alison Edwards of Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Medicine’s Community Health and Humanities for database support, to the staff of the MUN’s Health Science Information Management Services for handling the original website.