Ars Medica is a biannual literary journal, started in 2004, that explores the interface between the arts and healing, and examines what makes medicine an art. Ars Medica remains the only medical literary journal in Canada, and one of a handful of such journals in the world, in the rapidly developing international field of the humanities in healthcare.

Ars Medica allows a place for dialogue, meaning-making, and the representation of experiences of the body, health, wellness, and encounters with the medical system. Content includes narratives from patients and health care workers, medical history, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We also include sections on writing by and about children, and writing about international health. These are voices that are often silenced in healthcare.


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By Jay Baruch

The physician sweeps a final, downcast eye over the body tucked between white sheets. silver hair combed into a sharp part. Aftershave lingering in the lamplight.
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By Mark Silverberg

David Morris (1991), the eminent theorist of pain’s historical and cultural life, has argued that chronic pain may well be the “characteristic malady of our time” (pp. 65-66), as leprosy and plague were for the medieval world, madness for the renaissance, and tuberculosis for the romantic era.
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By Paul Shore

The medieval monastery or convent was characterized by specific patterns of sound. Within it were spaces dedicated to particular functions, each of which generated patterns of sound that changed over time. the library, for example, started as a place of considerable noise, as readers pronounced aloud the texts before them; it later grew quieter, as silent reading became the norm.
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By Linda Rosenbaum

With our six-year-old Michael in tow, robin and i trudged off to the child development clinic at the hospital for sick children. dr. Wendy roberts and several members of her staff spent an entire day with Michael—interviewing him, reviewing his medical and growth charts, testing his cognitive and neurological abilities, measuring social interactions and developmental milestones.
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By Lisa Carrie Goldberg

“Structuring somnolence: Sleep science technology as a medium for drawing with the Body at rest” is an investigation into the fields of sleep science and art. 

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We wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Mount Sinai Hospital.

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