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Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 105–115 | Cite as

“Seeing the Difference”: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Death, Dying, Humanities, and Medicine

  • Christina Marsden GillisEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

This essay explores how strategies integral to inquiry in the humanities provide insights into developing an interdisciplinary approach to studies of death and dying that will be relevant to medical practice as well as to humanistic study. The author asks how we can produce new modes of knowledge in an area where “knowing” is highly problematized and argues that while a putative field of death and dying studies must include a range of disciplinary approaches it must also account for lived, subjective experience and the ways that we, as individuals and as a culture, create meaning.

Keywords

Death and dying Loss Art Bereavement 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berkeley, CA, (home)BerkeleyUSA

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