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…

‘Addiction Trajectories’ reviewed by Kyle W. West

‘Addiction Trajectories’ edited by Eugene Raikhel and William Garriott (Duke University Press, 2013) According to the editors of Addiction Trajectories, ‘Addiction is particularly relevant as an object of anthropological inquiry because it sits at the crossroads of some of the issues that most define the world today’ (p. 1).  The issues to which the editors 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…

Reviewer needed: ‘Southern Medicine for Southern People’ (Monnais, Thompson and Wahlberg 2012)

We are pleased to offer ‘Southern Medicine for Southern People: Vietnamese Medicine in the Making’ by Laurence Monnais, C. Michelle Thompson, and Ayo Wahlberg (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly those with an interest in East Asian Studies. ‘What is a national medicine? What does Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ by Frances Larson

Fresh off the press from Granta Publications and now available for review is ‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ by Dr Frances Larson. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, and may be of particular interest to historians.  ‘The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five Read the full article…

‘On Flinching: Theatricality and Scientific Looking from Darwin to Shell Shock’ reviewed by Dr Beatriz Pichel

‘On Flinching: Theatricality and Scientific Looking from Darwin to Shell Shock’ by Tiffany Watt Smith (Oxford University Press, 2014) Flinches, starts and winces do have a history, and, as Dr. Tiffany Watt Smith shows, this is a made of gestures but also of gazes and self-reflection. Watt Smith proposes to understand flinches from a ‘double 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…

‘Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS’ reviewed by Dr Chisomo Kalinga

‘Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS’ by Sanyu A. Mojola (University of California Press, 2014) In Love, Money and HIV: Becoming A Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS, Sanyu Mojola presents a convincing and lucid argument about how young Kenyan women approach decisions regarding love, intimacy Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire’ edited by John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada, and José Pardo-Tomás

Fresh off the press from Ashgate and now available for review is ‘Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire’, edited by John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada, and José Pardo-Tomás. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, and may be of particular interest to those working in the history of medicine.  ‘Early modern Spain was Read the full article…