“Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience” reviewed by Nicole Matthews

Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience by Tom Rice (Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2013). Tom Rice’s book offers an anthropology of the soundscapes of the hospital and medical practices of listening, particularly those of the cardiothoractic ward.  At its centre is a year’s fieldwork undertaken at St. Thomas’ Read more…

Reviewer needed: ‘Brains: The Mind as Matter’ (2012) by Marius Kwint and Richard Wingate (Wellcome Collection).

With a view to broadening the scope of medical humanities and established ideas of what this field entails, we are pleased to offer ‘Brains’ for review. Published by the Wellcome Collection,  this book is mindfully and creatively exhibited and would be suited to students, academics, practitioners as well as artists of Read more…

Art in the Asylum: Preservation & Transformations

Dr Victoria Tischler, Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences. Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, and curator of ‘Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry’ reflects on this exhibition. Art in the Asylum: preservation and transformations The exhibition ‘Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Read more…

H-Madness Book Review – Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown 2010) (via h-madness)

A terrific review from the H-Madness, the History of Psychiatry Blog, to be read in conjunction with Marcia Angell’s recent extended review essay, The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?, in the New York Review of Books, and Ethan Watter’s 2010 New York Times piece on The Americanization of Mental Illness. Read more…