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By the early 1970s, the emphasis on technological advances in clinical medicine was obscuring the traditional humanistic values that had been the cornerstone of medical education.

The Society for Health and Human Values' Institute on Human Values in Medicine (IHVM) was created to explore creative methods to reintegrate the humanities into medical education. IHVM’s fellowship program – a “dialogue between the disciplines” endeavor – sponsored humanities specialists to go on hospital rounds and medical professionals to study the arts and literature. IHVM board members and staff also conducted “resource visits” to medical schools across the country, broadening the reach of the IHVM fellows’ activities.

The reports of the IHVM fellows documented their interdisciplinary efforts, and proposed various applications of their experiences for improving medical education.

For a comprehensive description of the programs of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine, see:

Thomas K. McElhinney and Edmund D. Pellegrino. The Institute on Human Values in Medicine: Its Role and Influence in the Conception and Evolution of Bioethics. Theoretical Medicine 22: 291-317, 2001.

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  • Reports of the Institute Fellow 1973-1974 

    Pellegrino, Edmund D.; McElhinney, Thomas K. (Institute of Human Value in Medicine; Society of Health and Human Values, 1974-05)
    In June, 1973, the Institute on Human Values in Medicine selected eighteen individuals to whom it awarded its first Fellowships in Human Values and Medicine. Funds for these awards were provided by the National Endowment ...
  • Proceedings of the First Session 

    Pellegrino, Edmund D.; McElhinney, Thomas K. (Institute of Human Value in Medicine; Society of Health and Human Values, 1971-04)
  • Proceedings of the Second Session 

    Pellegrino, Edmund D.; McElhinney, Thomas K. (Institute of Human Value in Medicine; Society of Health and Human Values, 1972-04)
  • Conference on Human Values in Medicine Southwest Regional Institute 

    Pellegrino, Edmund D.; McElhinney, Thomas K. (Institute of Human Value in Medicine; Society of Health and Human Values, 1973-10)
    The 1971 and 1972 sessions of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine were national conferences attended by humanists and medical educators who explored together ways in which human values could be studied in a meaningful, ...
  • Conference on Human Values in Medicine for the Six Medical Schools of Philadelphia 

    Pellegrino, Edmund D.; McElhinney, Thomas K. (Institute of Human Value in Medicine; Society of Health and Human Values, 1975)
    Over a period of four years the Institute on Human Values in Medicine has conducted many conferences and visits on medical campuses designed to encourage the development of teaching programs in human values in medical ...

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