Exhibition Review

‘Loud and tender’: exhibition review of John Walter’s Alien Sex Club, (Wellcome Collection, London, until 27th August) by Theo Gordon

Theo Gordon writes: What is the pedagogical function of art? How can art communicate complicated information about, for example, developments in HIV treatment, or changes in sexual behaviour and epidemiology, to the public? And, perhaps more importantly, why might art be considered an appropriate channel for the dissemination of medical Read more…

Conference Review

‘Found Performance’: Reflections on an undisciplinary symposium exploring aesthetic methodologies in health care and medicine

‘Found Performance’: An undisciplinary symposium exploring aesthetic methodologies in health care and medicine. Studio Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, June 15th 2018. Report by co-chairs Alex Mermikides and Stuart Wood What happens if we approach sites of medicine or health care as if they are already in performance? Asking Read more…

Conference Review

On Knowledge in the Medical Humanities: Reflections from the Association of Medical Humanities Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria (27-29 June, 2018)

Maryam Golafshani writes: Last week I attended the Association of Medical Humanities’ annual conference. The conference was hosted at the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria with the theme of ‘Shadows and Ashes’ derived from the Roman poet Horace’s famous description of humans as ‘pulvis et umbra sumus’. The conference opened Read more…

Conference Review

2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference, Stanford: A snapshot and two questions (Review by Emily Troscianko, University of Oxford)

In late April, the 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference happened in the palm-treed glamour of the Stanford Medical School. It was my first major medical/health humanities conference, and I was really encouraged to see how much is happening in this field in the US. There were panel sessions introducing Read more…

Book Review

“Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities” by Anne Whitehead reviewed by Iro Filippaki

Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Empathy, power structures, and what we are capable of not doing In a 1988 interview with George Plimpton, Maya Angelou passionately argued for the importance of fiction by saying that Read more…

Book Review

“Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience” reviewed by Nicole Matthews

Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience by Tom Rice (Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2013). Tom Rice’s book offers an anthropology of the soundscapes of the hospital and medical practices of listening, particularly those of the cardiothoractic ward.  At its centre is a year’s fieldwork undertaken at St. Thomas’ Read more…

Book Review

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney (PCCS books, 2016). Reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith, researcher at St George’s, University of London. “I never promised you a rose garden”: so striking was her psychiatrist’s statement about recovery in mental health that it Read more…

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