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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Staff Members

Professor Jane Macnaughton, MRCP, PhD

Dean of Undergraduate Medicine of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Dean, Phase 1 Medicine, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48164
Room number: Room CA125, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ
Research Associate in the Department of English Studies
Member of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Programmes
Clinical Senior Lecturer (MiC/PPD Strand Advisor) in Phase 1 Medicine

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Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and co-director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH).  This Centre was established in 2008 as a Wellcome Trust-Funded development from the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM) which she initiated in 2000.  Before that Jane was a GP in Glasgow and a lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Glasgow University.  Jane set up and now contributes to the personal and professional development strand of Durham’s Phase I Medical Programme and runs part of the School of Medicine and Health Suite of Master’s modules.  She became Deputy Head of the School of Medicine and Health in 2009.   She has published in the fields of medical education, medical humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine and health care environments.  Recently her work has turned to engagement in critical public health especially in the field of smoking research.  Her books include, Clinical Judgement (OUP, 2000, with Robin Downie), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2005, with Corinne Saunders) and The Body and the Arts (Palgrave, 2009, with Corinne Saunders and Ulrika Maude).  She is also part of an international publishing collaboration working on a series of Medical Humanities Companions.  The first two volumes of this series are now in print: Symptom (Radcliffe, 2008) and Diagnosis (2010).  Jane was a founder member of the UK’s Association for Medical Humanities (AMH) and was joint editor of the journal Medical Humanities until 2008.  She was appointed to serve on the Medical History and Humanities Expert Review Grop at the Wellcome Trust in 2011.  Jane’s current clinical work is in gynaecology and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham.  She is married to Andrew Russell, a medical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology, has two sons, Ben and Euan, and a dog called Bertie.  Jane enjoys walking Bertie, going to the theatre (especially plays and opera) and - as a homesick Scot - getting away from it all on the Hebridean Island of Coll with her family.

Selected Publications

Books: authored

  • Evans, M, Ahlzen, R, Heath, I & Macnaughton, R (2009). Medical Humanities Companion Vol. 1: Symptom. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • Evans M. , Ahlzén R., Heath I. & Macnaughton J. (2008). Medical Humanities Volume One: Symptom. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.
  • Downie, RS & Macnaughton, RJ (2007). Bioethics and the Humanities: Attitudes and Perceptions. London: Routledge-Cavendish.
  • Saunders, C. & Macnaughton, R. J. (2005). Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. London: Palgrave.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (2000). Clinical Judgement: evidence in practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Books: edited

Books: sections

  • Macnaughton,J (Accepted). Becoming. In Medical Humanities Companion: Prognosis. Gordon,J, Macnaughton,j & Rudebeck,CE Oxford Radcliffe Publishing. 4: 53-56.
  • Macnaughton,J (2013). Becoming. In Medical Humanities Companion: Prognosis. Gordon,J, Macnaughton,J & Rudebeck,CE Oxford Radcliffe Publishing. 4: 53-56.
  • Macnaughton,J (2013). On Treatment and its effects. In Medical Humanities Companion: Treatment. Louhiala,P, Heath,I & Saunders,J Oxford Radcliffe Publishing. 3: 1-16.
  • 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.
  • Macnaughton, J (2009). Flesh Revealed: medicine, art and anatomy. In The Body and the Arts. Saunders, C, Maude, U & Macnaughton, J London Palgrave. 72-86.
  • Macnaughton, J (2008). Seeing ourselves: interpreting the visual signs of illness. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume 1: Symptom. Evans, M, Ahlzen, R, Heath, I & Macnaughton, J Oxford: Radcliffe. 1: 71-85.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2003). Clinical Judgement. In Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care. Jones, R., Britten, N., Culpepper, L., Gass, D. A., Grol, R., Mant, D. & Silagy, C. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1: 205-209.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2002). Arts and humanities in medical education. In GP Tomorrow. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2001). Why medical humanities now?. In Medical Humanities. Evans, H. M. & Finlay, I. G. London: Blackwell BMJ Books. 187-203.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1999). Public morality and moral education. In Advances in Bioethics: Bioethics for Medical Education. Edwards, R. B. & Bittar, E. E. Connecticut USA: JAI Press. 05.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). Can we teach medical students to be morally good doctors? In Advances in Bioethics. Evans, H. M. Connecticut USA: JAI Press.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). Public Health and Ethics. In Progress in Public Health. Scally, G. London: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). The value of anecdote in clinical practice. In Narrative Based Medicine. Greenlaugh, T. & Hurwitz, B. London: BMJ Books.

Conference papers

Journal papers: academic

  • Wainwright,M & Macnaughton,J (2013). Is a qualitative perspective missing from COPD guidelines?. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine 1(6): 441-442.
  • Carel, H & Macnaughton, J (2012). “How do you feel?” oscillating perspectives in the clinic. The Lancet 379(9834): 2334-2335.
  • Macnaughton, J., Carro-Ripalda, S. & Russell, A. (2012). 'Risking Enchantment': how are we to view the smoking person?. Critical Public Health 22(4): 455-469.
  • Raw, A., Lewis, S., Russell, A. & Macnaughton, J. (2012). A Hole in the Heart: confronting the drive for evidence-based impact research in arts in health. Arts & Health, an International Journal for Research, Policy & Practice 4(2): 97-108.
  • Macnaughton, J. (2011). Medical humanities’ challenge to medicine. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17(5): 927-932.
  • Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J., Saunders, C. & Evans, M. (2010). Cool Intimacies of Care for Contemporary Clinical Practice. The Lancet 376(9754): 1732-1733.
  • Downie, Robin & Macnaughton, Jane (2009). In defence of professional judgement,. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 15(5): 328-331.
  • McLachlan, John C., Finn, Gabrielle M. & Macnaughton, Jane (2009). The Conscientiousness Index: A Novel Tool to Explore Students’ Professionalism. Academic Medicine 84(5): 559-565.
  • Macnaughton, RJ (2009). The dangerous practice of empathy. The Lancet 373 (9679): 1940-1941.
  • Macnaughton, RJ (2007). Art in Hospital Spaces: the Role of Hospitals in an Aestheticised Society. International Journal of Cultural Policy 13(1): 85-101.
  • Macnaughton, RJ (2007). Literature and the ‘good doctor’ in Ian McEwan’s Saturday. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 33: 70-74.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. , White, M. & Stacy, R. (2005). Researching the Benefits of Arts in Health. Health Education 105(5): 332-339.
  • Evans, H. M. & Macnaughton, R. J. (2004). Is there a role for patients' voices in the modern case record? Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 30: 57-58.
  • Evans, H. M. & Macnaughton, R. J. (2004). Should Medical Humanities be a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary study? Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 30: 1-4.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2002). 'Arts and Humanities': a new section in Medical Education. Medical Education 36: 106-107.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2002). Research in Medical Humanities: time for a new paradigm? Medical Education 36: 500-501.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2002). The St Andrews Institute for Clinical Research: An early Experiment in Collaboration. Medical History 46(4): 549-568.
  • Kinn, S. Macnaughton, R. J. , Scoular, A. & Noone, A. (2000). Chlamydia trachomatis: knowledge and practice in Glasgow. British Journal of General Practice 50: 214-215.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (2000). The humanities in medical education: context, outcomes and structures. Journal Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 26: 23-30.
  • Davison, H., Capewell, S., Macnaughton, R. J. , Murray, S. & Hanlon, P. (1999). Community-orientated education in Glasgow: developing a community diagnosis exercise. Medical Education 33: 55-62.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1999). Should medical students read Plato? Medical Journal of Australia 170: 125-127.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). Evidence and clinical judgement. Journal of Education in Clinical Practice 4: 89-92.
  • Downie, R. S. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). Images of Health in Literature. Lancet 351: 823-825.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1998). Medicine and Arts: let's not forget the medicine. British Journal of General Practice 48: 952-953.
  • Downie, R. S. Hendry, R. A. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1997). Humanising Medicine: a special study module. Medical Education 31: 276-280.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1997). Special study modules: and opportunity not to be missed. Medical Education 31: 49-51.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1996). Core values: doctor or everyman? British Medical Journal 313: 120-121.
  • Sullivan, F. M. & Macnaughton, R. J. (1996). Evidence in consultations: interpreted and individualised. Lancet 348: 941-43.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1996). Numbers scales and qualitative research. Lancet 347: 1099-1100.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1995). Anecdotes and Empiricism. British Journal of General Practice 45: 571-572.
  • Macnaughton, R. J. (1995). The ultimate course: the doctor as patient. Journal of Medical Ethics 21: 278-280.

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School of Applied Social Sciences

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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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