“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…

Call for Review: ‘Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical intervention in Medical Humanities’ by Anne Whitehead.

We are delighted to offer Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction by Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing Read more…

G. Thomas Couser – ‘Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy’ (Seminar, Liverpool Hope, 12 March 2014)

Date: Wednesday 12 March, 2014 Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK The persistent devaluing of the lives of disabled persons, as periodically manifested in news accounts of abuse and neglect, underscores the value of disability life writing. Outside the clinic, disability memoirs have become surprisingly popular; indeed, Read more…

Empathy and memory in theology and literature! (Affiliates’ meeting, Friday 25th February 2011)

Two memorable presentations from Anastasia Scrutton (compassion, empathy and the intellect) and Simon James (narrative, memory and Dickens) provided a splendid opportunity to see how two apparently loosely-connected enquiries can converge fruitfully in a free-wheeling discussion. (Corinne Saunders, chairing, was absolutely right to insist that we hear both presentations first Read more…

The Art of Medicine

CMH staff have been regular contributors to an occasional series of essays in The Lancet on ‘the art of medicine’.    November 2010 sees the publication of an essay jointly authored by the Centre’s directors which reflects upon the idea of ‘intimacy’ in relation to clinical practice.   This essay makes use Read more…