Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates the humanities (medical ethics, health law and the history of medicine), the social sciences (medical sociology and medical anthropology) and the arts (literature, theatre, movies). It sets out to understand modern medicine by inviting students to reflect on its historical and philosophical roots, as well as on its current ethical and legal dilemmas. It is keen on making better doctors of them by creating an understanding of the contextual meanings of health, illness and healing, complementary to their biomedical knowledge. Furthermore, it tries to create an awareness of the duties and responsibilities of physicians towards their patients. Because students are stimulated to train their skills of observation, critical analysis and self-reflection, Medical Humanities hopes to contribute to the academic and social shaping of the future physician.