The Recovery of Beauty – Dr Simon Thurley Public Lecture 7 Nov – The Pendulum of Taste, Architecture and the Rise of a State Aesthetic

As part of the IAS The Recovery of Beauty programme, CMH directors Jane Macnaughton and Corinne Saunders are very pleased to welcome Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, who will deliver the third lecture: Dr Simon Thurley The Pendulum of Taste, Architecture and the Rise of a State Aesthetic Monday 7 November 2011, Read the full article…

Living Books About Life: 21 Open-Access Science-Humanities Books

Living Books About Life: Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Open Humanities Press is releasing a series of 21 open-access books.  The curated, open access books provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences around selected themes, e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology, and can be Read the full article…

Review of “Getting Better – Concepts of Recovery in Medicine and Society from 1900 to the Present”

Stephen Soanes is an Early Career Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine/ Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. In September 2011 he convened a workshop on the topic of Getting Better, reviewed here for readers of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog: Today the media is saturated with references to recovery. Read the full article…

The Limits of Narrative: Provocations for the Medical Humanities

The role of narrative in the medical humanities, and the field of medicine and healthcare more broadly, has been a source of fascination for me throughout my time at the Centre for Medical Humanities. Over the past year I’ve presented papers exploring ‘The Limits of Narrative’ at Havi Carel and Rachel Cooper’s fantastic Concepts of Read the full article…

Mexican Travel Blog 1: Cultural Acclimatisation

This is the first instalment of a CMH travel blog, documenting my research trip to Mexico City. The purpose of the trip is to investigate the practice of Mexican participatory artists, working in community and health projects, as an international comparator to the work of the equivalent artists in the UK. Episode 1: Cultural acclimatisation Read the full article…

Centre for Medical Humanities Seminars in Michaelmas Term

The Centre for Medical Humanities 2011/12 seminar series began on Wednesday with Angela Woods’ talk On Psychiatric Metaphor: Exploring the Use of Clinical Concepts in Cultural Theory. We were delighted to be joined by colleagues from so many departments, including Philosophy, English, the School of Modern Languages, Geography, Psychology, the School of Applied Social Sciences, Read the full article…

Medicine for the Mind – Neil Pickering, University of Otago, CMH Seminar 16 November

Medicine for the Mind Dr Neil Pickering Bioethics Centre, University of Otago CMH Visiting Fellow (Michaelmas 2011) Wednesday 16 November, 5.15 pm St Chad’s Chapel and SCR Followed by wine and canapés How should we understand mental illness?  The question is fundamental and puzzling.  An example brings this out:  In the winter of 1826-27, the Read the full article…

The Self – Royal Institute of Philosophy Graduate Conference, University of the West of England, 24 Feb 2012

Royal Institute of Philosophy One-day Graduate Conference THE SELF February 24th 2012 University of the West of England, St Matthias Campus, Bristol, BS16 2JP KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Galen Strawson (University of Reading) The second Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Graduate Conference in Philosophy will be held at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Read the full article…

Testing Treatments – New Edition Now Available

How do we know whether a particular drug, therapy or operation really works, and how well? How reliable is the evidence? Are clinical trials truly unbiased? And is current research focused on the real needs of patients? A new edition of Testing Treatments, is now available for download. Building on the success of the first Read the full article…

Should We Do More to Avoid Hospital Admissions? Durham Forum for Health Meeting Thursday November 3

Thursday 3rd November 2011 Education Room, St Cuthbert’s Hospice Park House Road, Merryoaks, Durham DH1 3QF 6.00 pm light buffet 7.00-8.30 talks and discussion Should We Do More to Avoid Hospital Admissions? There are good reasons for avoiding hospital admissions: they risk secondary conditions, they are very expensive, they sometimes involve unnecessary suffering, and they Read the full article…