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Following the success in March 2000 of the conference, The Healing Arts : the Role of the Humanities in Medical Education, conference organiser Deborah Kirklin, on behalf of the medical humanities unit at the Royal Free & University College Medical Schools, is planning a second national humanities conference to be held on 27th March 2001 at the National Gallery. The conference, entitled, The Healing Environment: Without and Within, will explore the role and importance of the environment in health. Speakers will examine the power of the physical environment, from the perspective of both architects and artists, to create health care settings that encourage rather than inhibit flourishing. In addition the importance of the arts in the health of a community will be discussed. Finally the potential of the arts to affect the internal environment of both patients and professionals will be experienced first-hand through a series of workshops covering literature, practical art, creative writing and guided tours of selected paintings in the National Gallery. For further details of this conference and to book a place visit the conference website on-line at www.ucl.ac.uk/primecare-popsci/mhu/conference.htm or call Heather Mitchell on 020 7288 3597.
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