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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Physical and Mental Health in the Life and Works of Robert Burns

Physical and Mental Health in the Life and Works of Robert Burns

This project will examine the extensive but unsystematic body of writing about Burns’s physical and mental health, trace biographical moments of health-related stress alongside creative output and examine something of the mental health of the Burns family tree. It will also look at concepts of mental and physical health in the late eighteenth century, while engaging with modern theories linking psychiatric disorder and creativity. Drawing these fields of enquiry together, the project aims to develop a greater understanding of Burns’s mental health throughout his life and the ways in which this impacted the quality, quantity and content of his creative output. Within the wider context, it also looks to add to the debate surrounding the stigmatisation of people with mental health issues, and the challenges they face.