Recently commissioned by the Wellcome Trust (2014) and edited by John Holden, John Kieffer, John Newbigin, and Shelagh Wright,  ‘Where does it hurt?’ is now available for review. It brings together a myriad of reflections on the medical humanities from leading thinkers and practitioners. We have two hard copies available for review and expressions of interest are welcome from across our community. 

where-does-it-hurt‘What does it mean to be well? Or ill? And who, apart from you, really knows which is which?

Contemporary definitions of medicine and clinical practice occupy just one small corner of a vast field of beliefs, superstitions, cultures and practices across which human beings have always roamed in the search to keep themselves, and others, feeling well.

The label ‘medical humanities’ is the best effort we’ve made so far to define the fence that encloses that very large field; recognising that it’s a space in which artists, poets, historians, film-makers, comedians and cartoonists – in fact every one of us – has as much right to explore as any humanities-schooled or clinically trained professional.

This book is a walk through that field, a celebration of its rich diversity, a dip into some of the conversations that are going on within it, an attempt to get it in perspective – and an invitation to you to join the conversation yourself.’

If you would like to write a review on ‘Where does it hurt?‘ (approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length),  then please email our reviews editor with a short explanation of why you are well placed to review the book.


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