For the most comprehensive and updated information, see the Gold Foundation’s Gold Databases of Research on humanism in medicine, and the Literature Arts Medicine Database maintained by NYU Langone Health.

Georgetown University offers an online course, Interacting with the Medical Humanities.


Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. Honoring the Stories of Illness. TEDx, Atlanta, GA: November 4, 2011.

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. A Sense of Story, or Narrative Medicine for the Chaos of Illness. OHMA Columbia, Columbia University, NY: January 24, 2018.

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. The Power of Narrative Medicine. CHCMCCSMTV: June 13, 2017.

Dominick LaCapra, Ph.D. Narrative Medicine: Trauma and Its After-Effects. Columbia University, NY: May 3, 2003.

Michael Green, M.D., M.S. Holy Graphic Medicine, Batman! Penn State College of Medicine, October 6, 2017.

Abraham Verghese, M.D. Narrative Medicine: A Colloquium. Columbia University, NY: May 2, 2003.


Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness 

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., et al., eds. The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

Paul Crawford, et al. Health Humanities

Ronald Epstein, M.D. Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity

Yasmin Gunaratnam and David Oliviere, eds. Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying, and Bereavement

Lynn Harter, Phyllis Japp, and Christina Beck. Narratives, Health, and Healing: Communication Theory, Research, and Practice

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D. Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D. Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process

Danielle Ofri, M.D. What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Susan Pories M.D., et al., eds. The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death

Reflective Stories by and About Patients:

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Lucia Amsden, Breaking Eggs: Finding New Meaning with Chronic Illness

Janel Atlas, ed. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth

Julian Barnes, Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Tom Brokaw, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

Marion Coutts, The Iceberg: A Memoir

Joan Didion, Blue Nights

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

Jenny Diski, In Gratitude

Phil Dwyer, Conversations on Dying: A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death

Roger Ebert, Life Itself

Susan Gubar, Ph.D. Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

Carolyn Heilbrun, Ph.D. The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

Eve Joseph, In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Dying

Audre Lord, The Cancer Journals

Geralyn Lucas, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

Gerald May, The Wisdom of Wilderness: Experiencing the Healing Power of Nature

David Rieff, Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son’s Memoir

Katie Roiphe, The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

William Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

Sophie van der Stap, The Girl with Nine Wigs

Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill

Reflective Stories by and About Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals:

Theresa Brown, R.N. The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives

Vincent DeVita, M.D. The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable — and How We Can Get There

Jerome Groopman, M.D. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

Jerome Groopman, M.D. How Doctors Think

Cory Franklin, M.D. Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases

Atul Gawande, M.D. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande, M.D. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

Ronald Glasser, M.D. The Body Is the Hero

Mimi Guarnieri, M.D. The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of


Lee Gutkind, ed. I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

Paul Kalanithi, M.D. When Breath Becomes Air

Leah Kaminsky, M.D. ed. Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors

Baron Lerner, M.D. The Good Doctor: A Father, A Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics

Martin Makary, M.D. Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

Eric Manheimer, M.D. Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Daniel Munoz, M.D. Alpha Docs: The Making of a Cardiologist

Sherwin Nuland, M.D. How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter

Abraham Nussbaum, M.D. The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine

Anand Panwalker, M.D. The Place of Cold Water: A Memoir

Paul Ruggieri, M.D. Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated . . . Life Behind the O.R. Doors

Eric Topol, M.D. The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands,

Oliver Sacks, M.D. Gratitude

Oliver Sacks, M.D. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Abraham Verghese, M.D. Cutting for Stone

Angelo Volandes, M.D. The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care


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