16 августа 2016
01.jpgJonathan McFarland, the Head of the Academic Writing Office at Sechenov Medical University has just been made the new Associate Editor for the Medical Humanities Section of the Arts and Humanities in Higher Education blog. The journal is a prestigious, International and peer reviewed journal that publishes articles, reviews and scholarly comment relating to the arts and humanities in higher education.

Jonathan was greatly honoured when the editor in chief of the journal, Dr Jan Parker, a senior member of the faculty of Classics at Cambridge University, and a distinguished researcher personally asked him to become the Associate editor. She had heard of his great interest in the Medical Humanities and asked him to launch and be in charge of this brand-new section.
His first work in his new role has just been published and it is called – “The river runs through – a trip to Krasnoyarsk”, which dwells on Jonathan’s trip with Professor Irina Markovina to the Siberian city in April 2016, where they gave master classes on different topics. One of the talks was – “English in medicine: lingua franca, education and medical humanities” and was about the importance of the humanities to modern day medicine and medical education. As one Spanish doctor commented, in response to the new post, “I love the humanities as antidote to excessive technology concept”.
This new post and recognition is very gratifying as it ties in perfectly with a new project that Jonathan and Professor Markovina are working on, which is a joint International Medical Humanities course with a University in Barcelona.
Taking the idea that the medical profession is becoming more and more dependent on technology, and that a humanistic balance is essential to make present and future doctors more rounded individuals and thus better coped to treat patients in the 21st century, they have planned a new course where the students read and discuss literary texts that shed important light on medical topics.
They believe that this international course will have a great impact, and look forward to its debut.
As William Carlos Williams, a poet and working doctor, and one of the authors who will be studied, writes in his autobiography, “That is why as a writer I have never felt that medicine interfered with me but rather that it was my very food and drink, the very thing which made it possible for me to write“.

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