Mel Y. Chen – Unpacking Intoxication, Racializing Disability

William Viney writes – This is the third of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In “Unpacking Intoxication, Racializing Disability” Mel Y. Chen shows how concepts such as ‘toxicity’ and Read the full article…

Jan Slaby – Critical Neuroscience Meets Medical Humanities

William Viney writes – This is the second of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. Jan Slaby’s paper on the role of critique and collaboration in approaches to neuroscience seeks Read the full article…

Andrew Goffey – Homo Immunologicus: On the Limits of Critique

William Viney writes – This is the first of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. Andy Goffey’s paper examines the separation of different forms of knowledge production: the relative isolation Read the full article…

Published Today: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a special issue of BMJ’s Medical Humanities

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a special issue of Medical Humanities journal, edited by Centre for Medical Humanities researchers William Viney, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. Exploring the many valences of the word ‘critical’ across and beyond the medical humanities, the special collection champions a ‘critical medical humanities’ characterised Read the full article…

‘”A question of trust”: Medical humanities can help ease the pain’ by Sandra G. Weems

‘”A question of trust”: Medical humanities can help ease the pain’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Sandra G. Weems In only the second semester of graduate school, my experience of chronic pain caused me to doubt everything: the value of my literary studies, the validity of my academic aspirations, Read the full article…

‘Pain: From Chalkie’s demon diary’ by Mike White

‘Pain: From Chalkie’s demon diary’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Mike White Last November I was travelling round Australia doing presentations and media interviews about arts in health and making big plans. I have been to Hell and back since then. When I, got home I started Read the full article…

‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ a second contribution by Seamus Barker

‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that persists for longer than three months. In the previous post, ‘What is Pain?’, I suggested that pain corresponds to Read the full article…

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ a contribution by Seamus Barker

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’, but advances in Read the full article…

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ a contribution by Fraser Riddell

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Fraser Riddell Painful bodies abound in the operas of Richard Wagner. The penitent Tannhäuser purposefully endures stones and thorns under his bare feet on his Read the full article…

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ by Véronique Griffith

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Dr Véronique Griffith A woman breaks her arm slipping on the ice while going to get the post outside her house.  When she goes to Accident and Emergency, an X-Ray of Read the full article…