On behalf of the Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities (Beşikçizade Tıp ve İnsani Bilimler Merkezi—BETİM), Journal of Health and Culture intends to provide a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion of health-related issues and encourage exchange and interaction between researchers involved in these fields. It offers an interdisciplinary platform for intercultural debates among equals in the health sciences. Therefore, the editors invite anyone researching the interaction between health and culture anywhere in the world to contribute the fruits of their labor –empirical as well as conceptual results– to the growing discourse that is supporting the creation of healthcare provision to be optimally suited to the needs of specific users, given that most of them inevitably do not share the tacit cu
tural assumptions of their doctors who have undergone many years of special “rites of admission” to the medical community, conditioning their way of thinking and acting.
The Journal of Health and Culture invites contributions from the humanities and human sciences investigating the interaction between health and illness concepts and the notion of culture. While it is open to all social and human sciences and humanities related to culture, it aims to accentuate the relevance of three disciplines in particular, namely, medical history, epidemiology, and medical ethics.