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Professor Martyn Evans

Member of the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47042
Room number: CA124, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ
Deputy Head (Estates & Facilities) in the Colleges Office
Deputy Head (Estates & Facilities), Colleges Office
Member of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Programmes
Principal of Trevelyan College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48166

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Martyn Evans is Principal of Trevelyan College, and Professor of Humanities in Medicine in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health; he is also an associate member of the Department of Music and the Department of Philosophy. He is a member of the Centre for Medical Humanities, the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. He joined Durham University in July 2002 as Principal of John Snow College, at the Queen's Campus, Stockton, having previously taught philosophy and ethics of medicine at the University of Wales.

Since 2013 he is also Deputy Head of Colleges (Estates) with responsibilities relating to capital projects for all of the Durham colleges.

He is married to Janet Evans, a professional pianist and teacher of piano and woodwind; they have two sons.

Research Groups

Department of Philosophy

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

  • Evans, M. (2013). Open futures, human finitude. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 4: Prognosis. Gordon, J., MacNaughton, J. & Rudebeck, C. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 105-120.
  • Evans, M. (2013). Wonderful treatment. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 3: Treatment. Louhiala, P., Heath, I. & Saunders, J. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 17-32.
  • Evans, H M & Macnaughton, Jane (2010). Intimacy and distance in the clinical examination. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume 2. Ahlzen R, Evans M, Louhiala P & Puustinen R Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. 2: 89-107.
  • Gordon JJ & Evans H M (2010). Learning medicine from the humanities. In Understanding Medical Education: evidence, theory and practice. Swanick, T Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 83-98.
  • Evans H M. (2008). Music Interrupted: an illness observed from within. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume One: Symptom. Evans M., Ahlzén R., Heath I. & Macnaughton J. Oxford: Radcliffe. 14-26.
  • Evans, H M (2005). Clinical ethics committees: a personal commentary. In Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Child Healthcare. Cartlidge, P Elsevier.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). First let's consider your left thumb - an introduction to the philosophy of medicine. In Philosophy for Medicine: applications in a clinical context. Evans, H. M. , Louihala, P. & Puustinen, R. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press. 3-14.
  • Evans, H.M. (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Literature. Saunders, C. & Macnaughton, R. J. London: Palgrave. 159-174.
  • Evans, HM (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. Saunders, C & Macnaughton, RJ London: Palgrave Macmillan. 159-174.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). Mix and Match? Conjectures on heterogeneous trial populations. In Delivering Quality in the NHS. Rawlins, M. & Littlejohns. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Evans, H M (2002). A plea for the heart. In Applied Ethics: critical concepts in philosophy. Chadwick, R & Schroeder, D London: Routledge. 275-279.
  • Evans, H M (2002). The concept of the person. In Bioethics in a European Perspective. ten. Have, H & Gjordin, B Dordrecht: Kluwer. 141-155.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Medical humanities for postgraduates:an integrated approach and its implications for teaching. In Medical Humanities: a Practical Introduction. Kirlin, D & Richardson, R London: Royal College of Physicians. 61-72.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Philosophy and the medical humanities. In Medical Humanities. Evans, H M & Finlay, I London: BMJ Books. 250-263.
  • Evans, H M & Potts, M (2000). A narrative case against brain death. In Beyond Brain Death: the Case Against Brain-Based Criteria for Human Death. Potts, M, Byrne, P A & Nilges, R G Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 237-247.
  • Evans, H M (2000). The mind-body question. In Philosophy meets Medicine. Louhiala, P & Stenman, S Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. 105-115.
  • Evans, H M (1998). Learning to see in medical ethics education. In Critical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Evans, H M Conneticut: JAI Press. 99-111.
  • Evans, H M (1998). The utility of the body. In Ownership of the Human Body. ten Have, H A M J & Welie, J M V Dordrecht: Kluwer. 207-226.
  • Evans, H M (1996). Human individuation and moral justification. In Conceiving the Embryo. Evans, H M & Pickering, N The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. 75-85.
  • Evans, H M (1996). The idea of the person. In Philosophical Problems in Health Care. Greaves, D & Upton, H Aldershot: Avebury. 23-25.
  • Evans, H M , Greaves, D, Jarvis, R, Morgan, D & Pickering, N (1995). Bioethics in the United Kingdom and Ireland 1991-1993. In Regional Developments in Bioethics. Lustig, B A, Brody, B A, Engelhardt, H T Jr & McCullough, L B Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 127-152.
  • Evans, H M (1995). Patient-centred approaches to the evaluation of health care: a commentary. In Essential Pracitce in Patient-Centred Care. Fulford, K W M, Ersser, S & Hope, R A Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd. 240-243.
  • Evans, H M (1994). Against brainstem death. In Principals of Healthcare Ethics. Gillon, R & Lloyd, A Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 1041-1051.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Against the definition of brainstem death. In Death Rites. Morgan, D & Lee, R London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1-10.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Dying to help. In Death, Dying and Bereavement. Dickenson, D & Johnson, M London: Sage/Open University. 135-141.

Journal papers: academic

Reports: official

  • Evans, H M (1999). Reconciling Conflicting Values in Health Policy. School for Health. London, The Nuffield Trust.


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