Call for Review: ‘The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorder is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled’ by Jason Schnittker.

We are delighted to offer The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled  by Jason Schnittker (Columbia University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by Read more…

Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways: Selected Artists from the Adamson Collection (Art Exhibition, London, 15 May-25 July 2017)

The Adamson Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of artworks made by psychiatric patients. It consists of approximately 6,000 paintings, drawings and sculptural objects, produced between 1946 and 1981 by the residents of Netherne, a long-stay British mental hospital, under the guidance of art therapy pioneer Edward Adamson. This Read more…

R. D. Laing’s Version of Asylum and its Cultural Appeal (Dr Adrian Chapman, Visiting Fellow at the MHRC, University of Glasgow)

This blog was previously posted on the University of Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog. We have reposted here with permission. The Wellcome Collection’s fascinating new London exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond, offers several versions of the asylum: a place of incarceration and therapy, an object of voyeuristic fascination, Read more…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care’ by John Foot

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The man who closed down the asylums: Franco Basaglia and the revolution in mental health care’ (Verso Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. When the wind of the 1960s blew through the world of psychiatry. In 1961, when Franco Basaglia Read more…

Mind, Value and Mental Health (Int’l Conference, University of Oxford, 25 July 2015)

A one-day international conference delivered by renowned experts in the field through keynote lectures. Willing Addicts? Drinkers, Dandies, Druggies and other Dionysians: Owen Flanagan (James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University, USA) This talk will discuss the reasons some addicts choose addiction rather than “recovery”, whether addiction Read more…

Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry reviewed by Michael Flexer

‘Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry’ by Paul Brodwin (University of California Press, 2013). At the heart of this impressive ethnographic study of the pseudonymous ‘Eastside Service’ lies a simple question: what is – or might be – ‘everyday ethics’ for community mental health care?  Anthropologist Read more…