Announcements

Farewell to the CMH Blog

Founding Editor Angela Woods writes… It’s the end of era! Eight years and over 2500 posts later, the Centre for Medical Humanities blog is shutting up shop. In it’s place and launching tomorrow, Thursday 14 September, a new site called The Polyphony  will publish essays, reviews and provocations from across Read more…

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: The Faces of Depression in Literature (Seminar, 7-10 March)

ACLA Conference 2019: Annual Meeting Georgetown University Organizer: Prof. Dr. Josefa Ros Velasco (Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University) The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) defines depression as a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms (asthenia, anhedonia, abulia, among many others) that affect how 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

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ reviewed by Emma Seaber.

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ edited by Jean Peter Garratt (Palgrave, 2016). The Cognitive Humanities is an edited collection of eleven essays from across the humanities, including literary studies, linguistics, theatre and performance studies, philosophy and history. Whilst the volume is not presented as a primer 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…

Book Review

‘Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature’ reviewed by Dr Michelle S. Hite.

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Columbia University Press, 2017: Twentieth Anniversary Edition). Extraordinary Bodies, the Medical Humanities, and Civic Inclusion   Rosemarie Garland Thomson begins the twentieth anniversary edition of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature with a poignant Preface that Read more…

Call for Reviews

Call for Review: ‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ by Megan Coyer

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press‘ by Megan Coyer (2016) for review. This book is the first major study of the relationship between Scottish Romanticism and medical culture, and further information about the themes under study can be found at Edinburgh University Read more…

Workshops

Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading (Workshop, University of Bristol, 17 September 2016)

How does reading contribute to – and sometimes detract from – our ability to act as truly global citizens in the 21st century? What can literature do to encourage participation in activist movements? By what means might literature help develop a greater understanding of the lives of our far-flung others? Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global 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…

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