For the fourth week of TORCH Goes Digital, we focused on "Medical Humanities", a theme that is particularly relevant to us all today, given the global Covid-19 pandemic. Medical humanities uses ideas, tools and methods from disciplines such as history, art, philosophy, theology and literature to help create innovative strategies for understanding and improving health and healthcare. Drawing on sources that typically cut across and complement prevailing modes of health-related thinking, the field seeks to explore the social and cultural context surrounding the purposes and challenges of medicine and healthcare.
Finally, our Livestreamed Event for the Big Tent, Big Ideas series went incredibly well. We were fortunate to have Professor Sally Shuttleworth and Professor Erica Charters speak on "Invalids on the Move". At a time when we are all locked down in our homes, Sally Shuttleworth and Erica Charters took a look, both serious and light-hearted, at the treatment of health and disease in the past, and particularly the period from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries when invalids were actively encouraged to travel.