‘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…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ by Richard Barnett

The Centre is ecstatic to offer ‘The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration‘ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2014) for review. We are specifically looking for a clinician to undertake the challenge of reviewing this fascinating and curious collection of medical illustrations, which will be pressed alongside a review by Zoe Read the full article…

Reviewers needed: ‘Where Does It Hurt? The New World of the Medical Humanities’

Recently commissioned by the Wellcome Trust (2014) and edited by John Holden, John Kieffer, John Newbigin, and Shelagh Wright,  ‘Where does it hurt?’ is now available for review. It brings together a myriad of reflections on the medical humanities from leading thinkers and practitioners. We have two hard copies available for review and expressions of interest Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee’ by Hatim Kanaaneh

Now available for review is a collection of short stories by Hatim Kannaneh entitled ‘Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee’ (Just World Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘In Chief Complaint, Hatim Kanaaneh, MD, explores the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Read the full article…

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua (University of California Press, 2014).  Towards the end of 2014, the New York Times ran an article highlighting India’s growing burden of mental health problems, citing its sky-high suicide rate and almost complete lack of psychiatric infrastructure as Read the full article…

‘Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial’ reviewed by (our very own) Mary Robson

‘Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial’ by Rochel U. Berman (Urim Publications, 2005).  In Judaism, volunteers from the community undertake the preparations of the dead for burial. The organization for the purpose is a burial society, a Chevra Kadisha. This book is on one hand a very practical guide to creating and running Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives’ edited by Ruth J. Prince and Rebecca Marsland

We are thrilled to offer ‘Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa’, an edited volume by Ruth J. Prince and Rebecca Marsland (Ohio University Press, 2014) for review. This fascinating book features as part of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series. Expressions of interest from all areas of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly from those with an interest Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Naming of Cancer’ by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Now available for review is a beautiful poetry collection by Tracey S. Rosenberg, entitled ‘The Naming of Cancer’ (Neon Books 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘The Naming Of Cancer – published on Thursday 27th November 2014 – is Neon‘s very first chapbook. This fourteen-poem volume begins in a hospital, Read the full article…

‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ reviewed by Professor Caroline Wilkinson

‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ by Frances Larson (W.W. Norton & Company, INC., 2014).  This book aims to describe the historical significance, context and impact of human heads as collectable items and to discuss preserved heads as specimens of interest, revulsion and fascination. The prologue begins with the story of Oliver Read the full article…

‘Maturing Masculinities: Ageing, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ reviewed by Dr Megan Wainwright

‘Maturing Masculinities: Ageing, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ by Emily A. Wentzell (Duke University Press, 2013).  Maturing Masculinities highlights how erectile dysfunction co-exists with, and is understood to be the result of, a number of chronic conditions of biomedical and social origin including diabetes, hypertension, prostate surgery, sour relationships with wives and financial stress. Read the full article…