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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Staff Profiles

Professor Jane Macnaughton, MA, PhD, DRCOG, MRCGP

Dean of Undergraduate Medicine of the 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 and co-director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH). She was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Medicine in 2014 with strategic oversight of Durham’s Phase I Medicine Programme. CMH 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. 

Jane has published in the fields of medical education, medical humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine and health care environments. Recently her work has focussed on somatic symptoms, especially the problem of chronic breathlessness, which is the subject of her Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Medical Humanities (2015) held jointly with Professor Havi Carel at Bristol. 

Her books include Clinical Judgement (OUP, 2000, with Robin Downie), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2005, with Corinne Saunders), The Body and the Arts (Palgrave, 2009, with Corinne Saunders and Ulrika Maude) and The Recovery of Beauty (Palgrave 2015, with Corinne Saunders and David Fuller). She is co-editor of the Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities which was published in 2016.

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 serves on the Wellcome Trust’s Expert Review Group for Senior Awards in Medical Humanities. Jane’s current clinical work is in gynaecology and she 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, playing the piano accordion and - as a homesick Scot - getting away from it all on the Hebridean Island of Coll with her family.

Selected Publications

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  • Macnaughton, J. & Carel, H. (2016). ‘Breathing and breathlessness in clinic and culture: using critical medical humanities to bridge an epistemic gap’. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 294-309.
  • Macnaughton, J. (2015). ‘Elegant’ Surgery: The Beauty of Clinical Expertise. In The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine. Saunders, C., Macnaughton, J. & Fuller, D. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 175-198.
  • 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, HM & 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, RJ (2002). Arts and humanities in medical education. In GP Tomorrow. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Macnaughton, RJ (2001). Why medical humanities now?. In Medical Humanities. Evans, HM & Finlay, IG London: Blackwell BMJ Books. 187-203.
  • Downie, RS & Macnaughton, RJ (1999). Public morality and moral education. In Advances in Bioethics: Bioethics for Medical Education. Edwards, RB & Bittar, EE Connecticut USA: JAI Press. 5: 17-30.
  • Downie, RS & Macnaughton, RJ (1998). Can we teach medical students to be morally good doctors? In Advances in Bioethics. Evans, HM Connecticut USA: JAI Press.
  • Downie, RS & Macnaughton, RJ (1998). Public Health and Ethics. In Progress in Public Health. Scally, G London: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Macnaughton, RJ (1998). The value of anecdote in clinical practice. In Narrative Based Medicine. Greenlaugh, T & Hurwitz, B London: BMJ Books.

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Research Groups

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Department of Sociology

  • Policy, Professions and Communities

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Teaching Groups

  • Medicine Phase 1