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
In the early nineteenth century, Edinburgh was the capital of medical education and research in Britain and also laid claim to a thriving periodical culture, which served as a significant medium for the dissemination and exchange of medical and literary ideas throughout Britain, the colonies, and beyond. The influence of medical culture on English Romantic writers is well-established, but the same has yet to explored in regard to a distinctive Scottish Romanticism. The innovative form and ideology of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, the most influential literary periodical of Romantic-era Scotland, particularly enabled medico-literary synergy, and this project examines several contributors to Blackwood's who also practiced medicine or received medical training. These writers had wide-ranging careers, producing significant medical texts and also contributing to numerous other periodicals, such as the Quarterly Review, the Scots Magazine and Fraser's Magazine. Through a study of their role in making Blackwood's such an influential site of Romantic medico-literary production and the function of journalistic and imaginative writing in their broader medical practice, this project examines how the Scottish periodical press cross-fertilised medical and literary ideas in the nineteenth century.