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June 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
640 S State St
Dover, DE 19901
Delaware Humanities

Join Delaware Humanities and Bayhealth for Literature and Medicine. Based on the award-winning program started by Maine Humanities, Literature and Medicine is a group that meets once a month to discuss a piece of literature related to medicine. No knowledge of medicine required, just an enjoyment of reading and thought-provoking discussions!

An information/orientation session will be held on April 9 at 6 PM. Here you can learn more about the program and register if space is still available.  If you already know you would like to register for the program, please still attend the April 9 session.  You can register in person that day or by contacting Delaware Humanities.  Early registration is advised, as the Bayhealth Literature and Medicine program reaches capacity each year.

Enrollment is for all six (6) sessions. Single session enrollment is not allowed. The sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 8 PM. The class dates are as follows:

Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday, May 28
Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, July 23
Tuesday, August 27
Tuesday, September 24

The enrollment fee ($35) includes the six 90 minute discussion led by a trained facilitator, a curated set of readings for the discussions (usually excerpts from fiction and non-fiction works), a meal, and two books.


Program Description

The study of history, literature, and culture helps provide a broad context for the disciplines of science and medicine. Literature in particular opens us to new worlds and allows us to bear witness to the lives of others.  For medical caregivers working in an increasingly multicultural world, literature can also offer new ways of understanding and responding to patients and their families.
“I enjoyed the evening and am looking forward to more evenings of discussion. I see only positive ripples generating outward from here.” ~ Kathy
Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ is an award-winning program offered by Humanities Councils in 26 states around the country, including Delaware. Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare. Participants come from all branches of medical care, including nurses, physicians, support staff, administrators, clergy, social workers and therapists in hospitals, home health, hospice, and public health settings. Some programs also admit members of the general public.  In a study conducted at the US Veterans Administration, participants reported an 82% increase in empathy, a 61% improvement in job satisfaction, and a 59% rise in cultural awareness*.
“The readings were great and thought-provoking.  Seems like a good group of people able to dig into the texts.” ~ Tim
If you are a medical organization or professional interested in offering a Literature & Medicine program at your facility, please contact us. Due to COVID-19, Literature and Medicine has been cancelled for 2020.  Please check back for more information on future sessions. Previous titles include: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman What Doctors Feel by Danielle Orfi Writer, M.D. Edited by Leah Kaminsky The Not Dead and the Saved by Kate Clanchy How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley The Shift by Theresa Brown, RN Do No Harm by Henry Marsh When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Being Mortal by Atul Gawande *Program Evaluation, Literature & Medicine Program, Healthcare Facilities, United States Department of Veterans Affairs by Dr. Bruce B. Clary, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2011.