‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ reviewed by Dr Thomas Lawrence Long

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, 2014) In the final chapter of this global survey of ethical systems written for a popular audience, Kenan Malik recalls T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’, which admonishes us that ‘to make an end is to make a beginning’. So Read the full article…

‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ reviewed by Dr Jaipreet Virdi-Dhesi

‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ by Jerome E. Bickenbach, Franziska Felder, and Barbara Schmitz (Cambridge University Press, 2014). What constitutes the good human life?   This is one of philosophy’s oldest questions, employed towards dialogues of moral obligation, civic virtue, distribution of happiness, as well as issues of social policy and human rights. Historically, the Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘ADHD and Its Many Associated Problems’ by Christopher Gillberg

We are pleased to offer ‘ADHD and Its Many Associated Problems’ Christopher Gillbert (OUP, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly from those with an interest in critical medical humanities, psychiatry, diagnostics and specifically ADHD. ‘ADHD and Its Many Associated Problems is a clinical handbook about infants, children, Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme

We are pleased to offer ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme (MIT, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly from those with an interest in psychology, philosophy and psychopathy. ‘Psychopathy has been the subject of investigations in both philosophy and psychiatry and yet the 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…

‘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…