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Border crossings: joining a multidisciplinary conversation about medical humanities
  1. Brandy Schillace1,2
  1. 1 Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  2. 2 Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brandy Schillace, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA; bls10{at}

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This March’s issue offers us a chance to think critically about dialogue across boundaries. While not a themed issue, the articles featured here do represent a trend—and in many ways, this trend offers a promising future. I’ll begin with the shortest piece, our last brief report (the category has been subsumed under commentaries for the future): ‘The Cultural Crossings of Care. An Appeal to the Medical Humanities’ ( see page 55 ). In this account, we have a call to action from Julia Kristeva, Marie Rose Moro, John Ødemark and Eivind Engebretsen. Kristeva has long problematised the biomedical concept of health, and in this report the authors reflect on consequences of too stringently drawing the line of demarcation between biomedicine and nature and culture. Medical humanities can, in these considerations, end up ‘reduced’ to a kind of repair job, ‘fixing’ biomedical enterprise. That necessarily limited perspective does not capture the full possibility of a dynamic field. As is reflected in the new mission of MH journal, …

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