Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 197–213 | Cite as

Toward an Aesthetic Medicine: Developing a Core Medical Humanities Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Alan BleakleyEmail author
  • Robert Marshall
  • Rainer Brömer
Original Paper


The medical humanities are often implemented in the undergraduate medicine curriculum through injection of discrete option courses as compensation for an overdose of science. The medical humanities may be reformulated as process and perspective, rather than content, where the curriculum is viewed as an aesthetic text and learning as aesthetic and ethical identity formation. This article suggests that a “humanities” perspective may be inherent to the life sciences required for study of medicine. The medical humanities emerge as a revelation of value inherent to an aesthetic medicine taught and learned imaginatively.


Medical humanities Curriculum Aesthetic medicine Ethical awareness Scientific imagination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Bleakley
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert Marshall
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rainer Brömer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Education, Peninsula Medical SchoolUniversities of Exeter and PlymouthPlymouthUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Royal Cornwall HospitalTruroUK
  3. 3.Department of PathologyRoyal Cornwall HospitalTruroUK

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