chapter  4
7 Pages

Afterword—Representation as a Lens

Teaching and Researching in the Health Humanities
WithCarl Fisher

In the afterword to the collection, the author reflects on the significance of the Health Humanities in the context of the expanding field of healthcare. Health Humanities emphasizes attention to multidisciplinary viewpoints, including the study of psychological and sociocultural perspectives, and strives to develop skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection, which are all crucial to encourage better healthcare practices. Fisher also traces his own journey in the Health Humanities in research and teaching. He outlines his pedagogical approach, which stresses that the arts provide the reader/viewer both opportunity for identification but also some distance in considering essential elements of the human experience.