Allan Peterkin

Allan Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities ( He is the author of 14 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history ,narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including “Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its fifth edition). He has published 3 picture books for children ,“The Flyaway Blanket” ( Magination Press) being the latest. He is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities ( and has been a humanities editor with the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ). He sits on advisory boards with the International Health Humanities Network, AMH (The Association of Medical Humanities-UK) and CREATING SPACE (Canada).

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