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

‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ reviewed by Dr Antje Dallmann

‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ by Megan Coyer (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). In Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858, Megan Coyer contributes important insights into the study of the literary magazine Blackwood’s, of nineteenth-century British literary periodicals Read more…

Opportunities

Three Doctoral Fellowships in Medicine and the Humanities (Call for applicants, Mainz, Germany)

As part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), the University of Mainz and the Mainz University Clinic are jointly inviting applications for three doctoral fellowships. At the Read more…

Call for Papers

Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship (CfP, University of Oxford, 24 March 2017)

“Two distinct and separate parties interact with one another – not one mind (the physician’s), not one body (the patient’s), but two minds and two bodies.” – Jay Katz, The Silent World of Doctor and Patient (1984) The doctor-patient relationship is the primary way that we experience medicine: we go to the Read more…

Call for Papers

The Anatomy of the Image (CfP – updated, Conference, Monash University, 16-18 February 2017)

This international conference wishes to create a broader context for analysing cultural, literary, scientific and political constructions of the (bio)medical body. We therefore seek to generate interest in the topic from a wide range of disciplines from anthropology, history, media theory, literature, art history, film, political studies, socials sciences, criminology, law Read more…

Book Review

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Laura Neff

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Laura Neff offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Read more…

Call for Reviews

Reviewer needed: ‘in-Training: Stories from tomorrow’s physicians’ edited by Ajay Major and Aleena Paul

The Centre is pleased to offer ‘in-Training: Stories from tomorrow’s physicians‘ edited by Ajay Major and Aleena Paul (Pager Publications, 2016) for review. We have two review copies available, specifically for a medical student and an academic in the area of medical humanities or medical education. in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians is a collection of 102 manuscripts Read more…

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