Reviewer needed: ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Though death is the one subject that touches every life, we’ve grown used to denying its existence, and Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘A History of Science, Magic, and Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe’ by Steven P. Marrone

We are pleased to offer for review ‘A History of Science, Magic, and Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe‘ by Steven P. Marrone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book might be particularly suited to a historian.  ‘A History of Science, Magic and Belief is an Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life’ by Cheryl Mattingly

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life‘ by Cheryl Mattingly (University of California Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Moral Laboratories is an engaging ethnography and a groundbreaking foray into the anthropology of morality. It takes us on a journey Read the full article…

‘Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at the End of Life’ reviewed by Dr Kate Powis

‘Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at the End of Life’ edited by Mark Lazenby, Ruth McCorkle, and Daniel P. Sulmasy (Oxford University Press, 2014). This is an ambitious book, and timely as it is published just as some believe we are entering the third wave of palliative care (Cellarius 2014). As the editors Read the full article…

‘Alternative Medicine’ reviewed by Jason Johnson Peretz

‘Alternative Medicine’ by Rafael Campo (Duke University Press, 2013) Rafael Campo’s sixth poetry anthology, Alternative Medicine, is not about alternative medicine in the sense of ‘traditional medicines’; rather the Alternative Medicine to which the title alludes is expressed towards the end of the poem ‘Reforming Health Care’ (p. 62): I grasp at last what I’m still Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature‘ (Syracuse University Press, 2014) by Durham University’s very own Dr Abir Hamdar. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960’ by Pratik Chakrabarti

Two copies of ‘Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960′ by Pratik Chakrabarti (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) are available for review. We are looking for two contrasting perspectives on Chakrabart’s work, which could take the form of different academic perspectives or reviews by an academic and clinician. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘The history of modern medicine Read the full article…

‘The Naming of Cancer’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee

‘The Naming of Cancer’ by Tracey S. Rosenberg (Neon Books, 2014) Arthur Frank describes ‘illness as a call for stories’ (Frank 1995: 53) and since my diagnosis with breast cancer in 2007 I have sought out tales that chime with my own experience.  Frank claims that, in order to understand our identities as people who Read the full article…

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ reviewed by Dr Stephen Curtis

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ by Julia Kristeva, translated by Jody Gladding (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Julia Kristeva’s influence on the field of literary body studies is immense. Chiefly through her 1982 masterpiece, The Powers of Horror: An Essay On Abjection, Kristeva brought a new way of thinking and writing about the messy and neglected Read the full article…

‘Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future’ reviewed by Dr Andra le Roux-Kemp

‘Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future’ edited by I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch (MIT Press, 2014). Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future is a seminal work and a must-read for everybody involved in research pertaining to human beings.   This is a bold statement of mine and you may Read the full article…