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Medicine and the Senses

Thu 1 June 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

1 June 2017, Leeds

Prof Jane Macnaughton will be the keynote speaker at this one-day event, discussing ‘Sensation and the symptom: understanding the ‘feeling’ of breathlessness’. The symposium is interdisciplinary in spirit, with papers from a wide range of disciplines, to inspire debate on the role and significance of the senses within medicine. 

The value of the senses as an aid to diagnosis is demonstrated throughout the history of medicine. However, advances in digital technology and medical simulation have extended and modified the range of perceptions available to clinicians. This extension of the senses, beyond the merely physiological, invites a closer investigation of our understanding of the sensorium, and what it means to ‘sense’.

A full schedule of the day’s papers will be available shortly. This event is free to attend but please register here.


Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities


School of English
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom