Beatings with a Carrot – Mike White on Arts and Diversity

Mike White, CMH Arts in Health Correspondent, writes: It has been the Arts Council’s misfortune that in the past it has interpreted ‘diversity’ as culture’s prerogative to go off in all directions, leaving it to mediate successive governments’ melting pot metaphors of an inclusive multi-racial Britain. But recently in a sharp policy announcement that is Read the full article…

Reflections on Narrative Medicine – Maria Giulia Marini (MedicinaNarrativa)

Narrative Medicine in research between singular and plural forms Maria Giulia Marini, Epidemiologist and Counselor at the Fondazione ISTUD MedicinaNarrativa.eu project, Milan, writes: Narrative medicine has become a globally accepted paradigm, placing an emphasis on provid­ing the space and time for greater personalization of care: the basic premise being that indi­viduals are profoundly different. They Read the full article…

Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula: art and medicine research

I am now in Tanzania based at CCBRT in Dar es Salaam. We are exploring the potential of   art and narrative, both verbal and visual, to raise awareness of the huge problem in Africa of obstetric fistula. My blogsite for more information is: http://drawingof.wordpress.com/artists-blog/ I hope that this work will be of interest and any Read the full article…

Think-Tanks and the Governance of Science: Guest Post by Martyn Pickersgill & Emilie Cloatre

Think-tanks play a key role in policy today. Yet, for scholars who are concerned with the dynamics within and between law and science, the place and impact of such organisations are often over-looked. To begin to remedy this, we held an event titled ‘Regulating Bioscience: Between the Ivory Tower and the Policy Room’ on the Read the full article…

Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

The Rise of Well-being in Public Health

The Rise of Well-being in Public Health GHH seminar at WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen Report on the event from 7th November, 2014 Dr. Claudia Stein is the Director of the Division for Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe and she is a director with a Read the full article…

Meritocracy, Social Accountability and How to Select Canada’s Physicians

In Canada, where much of the population continues to be underserved by the medical profession, looking to characteristics of students admitted to medical school has been increasingly seen as part of the solution by some. In this post, Bolu Ogunyemi and Fola Oguynemi discuss divergent points of views on philosophy underpinning the criteria for medical Read the full article…

A Spotted Hankie and the Open Road – and Arts in Health in Australia

Mike White writes: I have just taken early retirement on health grounds and am leaving the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, though I shall still post blogs here from the cerebral Bowling Green as I cope with the new realities of beige clothing and those staples of later life – cream crackers and lemon curd. Read the full article…

Breathless in Cambridge: the Breathlessness Research Interest Group (BRIG) Conference 2014

Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities and Joint Senior Investigator on  Life Of Breath, writes: Getting going with the Life of Breath project has been a real revelation for me as someone who is committed to critically engaged medical humanities. It has always been a bit of a struggle to get clinicians interested in what Read the full article…

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog Nominated for a UK Blog Award

In 2014, the Centre for Medical Humanities was voted one of the top three “Health – Organisation” blogs in the inaugural UK Blog Awards. We were one of very few academic sites to be shortlisted for the awards and thrilled to be so highly commended. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! The blog Read the full article…