Telling lives in medicine: the impact of biography collections in medical education

Sofia Fagiolo

Abstract


This article briefly discusses the value and impact of biography collections in medical education by illustrating the case of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome (UCBM) Library. The UCBM Library collects, curates, and provides access to a special biography collection with the purpose of documenting the history of men and women who contributed in the field of medicine and related sciences. This article highlights the importance of academic medical libraries collecting biographical works in order to transmit knowledge and values in medical school curriculum.


Keywords


medical biographies; biographies collections; medical education; medical humanities; academic medical libraries

Full Text:

PDF HTML

References


Wald HS, McFarland J, Markovina I. Medical humanities in medical education and practice. Med Teach. 2019 Aug;41(5):492–6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1497151.

Worthen MA. Once-in-a-century crisis can help educate doctors [Internet]. New York Times; 2021 Apr 10 [cited 1 Jun 2021].

Hooker C. The medical humanities: a brief introduction. Aust Fam Physician. 2008 May;37(5):369–70. PubMed PMID: 18464968.

Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome: Mission and Background [Internet]. Rome: Campus Bio-Medico University [cited 1 Jun 2021]. .

Fee E, Brown MT. Using medical history to shape a profession: the ideals of William Osler and Henry E. Sigerist. In: Huisman F, Warner JH, eds. Locating medical history: the stories and their meanings. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press; 2004. p. 139–64: 144.

Söderqvist T. Why are there so few scholarly biographies in the history of medicine and public health? Michael: Publication Series of the Norwegian Medical Society. 2004 Apr;2:119–29. Available from: .

Borghi L. William Osler, medical history and the origins of the International Society for the History of Medicine. Vesalius. 2018;24(2):5–17. Available from: .

Borghi L. Heart matters: the collaboration between surgeons and engineers in the rise of cardiac surgery. In: Pisano R, ed. A bridge between conceptual frameworks: sciences, society and technology studies. Dordrecht: Springer; 2015. p. 53–68.

Borghi L. “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”. Sul come aiutare gli studenti a capire che è bello – e utile – studiare la Storia della Medicina. Medic. 2013 Jun;21(1):90–6. Available from: .




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2021.1312

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Copyright (c) 2021 Sofia Fagiolo

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.