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. The Institute on Human Values in Medicine’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. Institute on Human Values in Medicine board members and staff also conducted “resource visits” to medical schools across the country, broadening the reach of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine fellows’ activities.
The Bioethics Research Library with the permission of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the successor organization of the Society for Health and Human Values (SHHV), have created this collection of the Reports of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine as resource for the bioethics and medical communities. Each report has been digitized from original source material and processed to maintain the look and feel of the original while optimizing the content for modern research purposes.
A total of seventeen reports were produced between 1971 and 1981, including several that document the works of the Institute’s fellows. Currently access to eleven of the reports is available and permission is granted to use the reports for personal and educational purposes. The Bioethics Research Library is actively seeking permission to digitize and share the remaining reports. Though these remaining reports are not currently available online you may wish to check your local library for a copy. Even if the copy is unavailable there is still the possibility of accessing a copy through inter-library loan.
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.
For a complete list of the reports please see this excerpted page from the above article:
The University of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston holds the Archives of the Society for Health and Human Values (SHHV). A detailed collection description and box listing is available to peruse, as well as contact information on how to gain access to the collection.
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