Jane Macnaughton

Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and co-director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH).  This Centre was established in 2008 as a Wellcome Trust-Funded development from the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM) which she initiated in 2000.  Before that Jane was a GP in Glasgow and a lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Glasgow University.  Jane set up and now contributes to the personal and professional development strand of Durham’s Phase I Medical Programme and runs part of the School of Medicine and Health Suite of Master’s modules. 

She became Deputy Head of the School of Medicine and Health in 2009.  

Jane has published in the fields of medical education, medical humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine and health care environments.  Recently her work has turned to engagement in critical public health especially in the field of smoking research.  Her books include, Clinical Judgement (OUP, 2000, with Robin Downie), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2005, with Corinne Saunders) and The Body and the Arts (Palgrave, 2009, with Corinne Saunders and Ulrika Maude).  She is also part of an international publishing collaboration working on a series of Medical Humanities Companions.  The first two volumes of this series are now in print: Symptom (Radcliffe, 2008) and Diagnosis (2010). 

Jane was a founder member of the UK’s Association for Medical Humanities (AMH) and was joint editor of the journal Medical Humanities until 2008.  She was appointed to serve on the Medical History and Humanities Expert Review Grop at the Wellcome Trust in 2011. 

Jane’s current clinical work is in gynaecology and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham. 

She is married to Andrew Russell, a medical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology, has two sons, Ben and Euan, and a dog called Bertie.  Jane enjoys walking Bertie, going to the theatre (especially plays and opera) and - as a homesick Scot - getting away from it all on the Hebridean Island of Coll with her family.

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