“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…

‘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…

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…

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of Read more…

‘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…

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…

Phantom Limb (Exhibition, Liverpool, 9 July – 3 December 2016)

Phantom Limb is an interactive exhibition focusing on medicine, memory and the treatment process. It features around twenty works by nine artists, most of whom work from their own personal experiences of operations and illnesses. The exhibition is a partnership project between award-winning artist, Euan Gray, and Dr Daniel Whistler, from Liverpool Read more…

Can the humanities influence the clinical science of breathlessness? (Conference panel, Edinburgh, 13 September 2016)

Jane Macnaughton, Co-Director of Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities, will be giving a talk at the Edinburgh International Conference of Medicine. She will be presenting current work in medical humanities that explores the symptom of breathlessness. Her talk will explain how interdisciplinary interactions between the arts, humanities, social science, clinical Read more…