October 5, 2013
We are pleased to share with you the following advance reviews for the book, "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine".
Cheryl McLean's Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a fascinating collection of essays that evocatively illustrates the importance of literature, music, photography, and art in facilitating self-care and awareness among health care providers, training empathetic physicians, and improving patient care.
Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP -- Author of Public Health and Social Justice (2013)
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a graceful and important book that offers a groundbreaking, inspiriting engagement with issues such as empathy, empowerment, ethics and evidence, explored by a rich cast of inter-professional authors such as artists, educators, clinicians, and researchers. Through a collage of creative arts methods and messages, these authors illuminate the essence of the “human story of health care” as loving, healing and humanly embodied—an essential message in an era of highly institutionalized technical health care. A must read for academics, researchers, clinicians, and students interested in creative healing arts, narrative health and humane medicine, or for anyone interested in the application of reflection and curiosity, creative expression and arts-based methods to the field of healthcare.
Sue MacRae -- Registered Nurse, Clinical Ethicist, Psychotherapist, Former Deputy Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Some have said that medicine, rather than being a science, is really an interactive process. It is informed by science but also dependent on psychology, sociology, philosophy, law and human creativity. McLean’s book should be a must read for those responsible for medical education...so that in the end the human connection between healers and those they heal is enhanced.
Michael Gordon MD, MSc, FRCPC -- Medical Program Director, Palliative Care, Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine takes us on a fascinating journey to meet the educators, clinicians, support workers and artists who apply arts-based methods in innovative ways to enhance patient care, reflexivity in learners and a sense of community, and well-being in practitioners. The book stands out with an emphasis on multiple media (theater, music, visual and digital imagery, literature and reflective writing), as well as the inclusion of international and interprofessional perspectives.
Allan D. Peterkin, MD, FRCPC, FCFP -- Head, Health, Arts and Humanities Program and Humanities Lead, Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto