Reviewer needed: ‘The Brain and the Meaning of Life’ by Paul Thagard

We are pleased to offer Paul Thagard’s exciting book ‘The Brain and the Meaning of Life’ (Princeton University Press, 2012) for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, but this book may be particularly well suited to those with an interest in philosophy. ‘Why is life worth living? What Read the full article…

Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection – reviewed by Grace Lucas

‘Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss, and Beauty in Popular Culture’ by Deborah Harris-Moore (Ashgate, 2014). Deborah Harris-Moore’s Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection is a book about bodies: what defines the parameters of normality for those bodies, who determines what makes a body beautiful or healthy, and how Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Alternative Medicine’ by Rafael Campo

A reviewer is needed for a unique and beautifully crafted book entitled ‘Alternative Medicine’ by Rafael Campo (Duke University Press, 2014). Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, but this book will be especially well suited to those with an interest in poetry and literature. ‘In his sixth collection of poetry, the Read the full article…

Brains: The Mind as Matter – reviewed by Sophie Fitzsimmons

‘Brains: The Mind as Matter’ by Marius Kwint and Richard Wingate (Profile Books Ltd, 2012). Brains: The Mind as Matter was produced to accompany the Wellcome Collection’s 2012 exhibition curated by Marius Kwint and Lucy Shanahan. It explores the human fascination with this organ which has existed throughout history and gripped a cross-section of society 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…

Childhood and Child Labour in Industrial England: Diversity and Agency, 1750-1914 – reviewed by Sophie Newman

‘Childhood and Child Labour in Industrial England: Diversity and Agency, 1750-1914′ by Nigel Goose and Katrina Honeyman (Ashgate, 2013). This edited volume was developed by Nigel Goose and Katrina Honeyman as a means of questioning the more antiquated views of the industrial child labourers as helpless victims, and ‘to see children as participants – even Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’ by Simon Blackburn

Intriguing book ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’ by Simon Blackburn (Princeton University Press, 2014) is available for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, but this book may be particularly well suited to those with an interest in philosophy (or narcissism). ‘Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in Read the full article…

Reviewer Needed: ‘Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry’ (2013) by Paul Brodwin

We are thrilled to request a review of ‘Everyday Ethics’ by Paul Brodwin (UCPress) for the Centre for Medical Humanities, a hub that has an explicit interest in clinical intersubjectivity and the myriad of ways in which medicine conceives and represents patients. It will be especially attractive to anthropologists, but expressions of interest are welcome from Read the full article…

Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present – reviewed by Dr Duncan Wilson

‘Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present’ by Didier Fassin (University of California Press, 2013). Ever since the historian E. P. Thompson used it in a 1971 essay to describe the social norms and obligations that structured crowd behaviour in eighteenth century bread riots, ‘moral economy’ has become a popular analytical tool across the humanities Read the full article…

The Experience Economy and the Mechanics of Wonder

The following post by Jules Evans is reproduced with permission from Philosophy for Life. I attended a seminar on wonder at the Centre for Medical Humanities in Durham last week. This post comes from our discussions there. Thanks to all the participants and to Martyn Evans for a great day. Although religion is no longer Read the full article…