All reviews should be submitted for now to the Editor in Chief, Angela Woods.

The CMH is keen to receive any reviews relating to the study and experience of health and illness. Contributions can come in the form of book, film, conference, and exhibition reviews. Whilst the material under study can be drawn from any language, cultural context, or health system, all submissions must be written in British English. Submissions will be reviewed internally by the Reviews Editor, or externally by a relevant advisor and sent back with comments where necessary in keeping with academic rigour. Reviews must be a maximum of 1,000 words in length and must be appropriately referenced (in text as well as in a list of works cited) following The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed (see below for further information). Hyperlinks must be provided to any additional gateways or relevant websites. We encourage reviewers to consider the following points:

  • Go beyond a description of the content and themes at play and engage critically with the material: In what way is the material creative or conservative in its approach? Does it push or maintain disciplinary boundaries?
  • How can the material under review be situated in its wider context or (inter)disciplinary discussion?
  • What can the material herald for the medical humanities?

All reviews must be accompanied by a short author’s biography, hyperlink to relevant professional or personal website, and an email address for correspondence. Reviews should be returned to the Reviews Editor within six weeks.


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Referencing Guidelines

All submissions must follow the The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., author-date form for in-text reference citations:list 1-2-3 author names on every mention; list 4 or more authors by the first author name and “et al.” on every mention. Cite page range information using a colon and no space between the year and the page range. In reference list use authors’ full first names rather than initials, and use a comma separating co-authors (also when two authors). List all author names. References follow sentence capitalisation.

The Chicago Manual of Style reference examples (T in-text, and R references respectively):

Book, one author

T: (Appadurai 1996:45)

R: Appadurai, Arjun. 1996. Modernity at large: Cultural dimensions of globalization. Minneapolis: University of MinnesotaPress.

Book, two authors

T: (Brown and Levinson 1987:4–10, 13)

R: Brown, Penelope, and Stephen Levinson. 1987. Politeness: Some universals in language usage.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited volume, one editor

T: (Appadurai 1986)

R: Appadurai, Arjun (ed.). 1986. The Social life of things: Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited volume, two editors

T: (Burrawoy and Verdery 1999)

R: Burrawoy, Michael, and Katherine Verdery (eds). 1999. Uncertain transition: Ethnographies of change in the postsocialist world. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Edited volume, more than three editors

T: (Gavin et al. 1997)

R: Jones, Gavin W., Robert M. Douglas, John C. Caldwell, and Rennie M. D’Souza (eds). 1997. The continuing demographic transition. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Chapter in edited volume

T: (Berdahl 2000:5–6)

R: Berdahl, Daphne. 2000. Introduction: An anthropology of postsocialism. D. Berdahl, M. Bunzl, and M. Lampland (eds), Altering states: Ethnographies of transformation in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 1–13.

T: (Humphrey and Mandel 2002:1)

R: Humphrey, Caroline, and Ruth Mandel. 2002. The Market in everyday life: Ethnographies of postsocialism. R. Mandel, and C. Humphrey (eds), Markets and moralities: Ethnographies of postsocialism. Oxford: Berg, pp. 1–16.

T: (Hann, Humphrey and Verdery 2002:22)

R: Hann, Chris, Caroline Humphrey, and Katherine Verdery. 2002. Introduction: Postsocialism as a topic of anthropological investigation. Ch. Hann (ed.), Postsocialism: Ideas, ideologies and practices in Eurasia. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–28.

Article, one author

T: (Buchowski 2006:469–470)

R: Buchowski, Michał. 2006. The specter of Orientalism in Europe: From exotic Other to stigmatized Brother.Anthropological Quarterly, 79(3): 463–482.

Article, two authors

T: (Hill and Barton 2005)

R: Hill, Russell A., and Robert A. Barton. 2005. Red enhances human performance in contests. Nature, 435: 293.

Article, three authors

T: (Kaewsarn, Moyle and Creedy 2003:359)

R: Kaewsarn, Pattaya, Wendy Moyle, and Debra Creedy. 2003. Traditional postpartum practices among Thai women. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41(4): 358–366.

Article, more than three authors

T: (Gilbert et al. 2008:10)

R: Gilbert, Andrew, Jessica Greenberg, Elissa Helms, and Stef Jansen. 2008. Reconsidering postsocialism from the margins of Europe: Hope, time and normalcy in post-Yugoslav societies. Anthropology News, 49(8): 10–11.

Electronic sources

T: (Strecker, Meyer and Tyler 2003)

R: Strecker, Ivo, Christian Meyer, and Stephen Tyler. 2003. Rhetoric culture: Outline of a project for a study of the Interaction of rhetoric and culture. (accessed May 10, 2010).