Mother reviewed by Dr Francesca Moore

‘Mother’ by Elinor Carucci (Prestel, 2013).  Elinor Carucci is an acclaimed photographer whose previous subjects have included documenting the realities of married life Closer (2002) and her work as a dancer, Diary of a Dancer (2005). In Mother (2013), she showcases a collection of images which are her attempt to photograph ‘the complexity of motherhood Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers’

Joanna Bourke‘s new book ‘The Story of Pain’ (Oxford University Press, 2014) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities although the themes presented in the text may be of particular interest to historians of medicine. ‘Everyone knows what is feels like to be in pain. Scraped knees, toothaches, migraines, giving birth, Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Africa – A Conference Review by Megan Wainwright

Megan Wainwright writes: ‘Medical Humanities in Africa…’ What are they? Who does them? What should they be? These were some of the overarching questions that framed a vibrant two-day conference at the idyllic Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, South Africa (see photo!). Having only arrived in Cape Town five months ago it was a huge Read the full article…

Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry reviewed by Michael Flexer

‘Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry’ by Paul Brodwin (University of California Press, 2013). At the heart of this impressive ethnographic study of the pseudonymous ‘Eastside Service’ lies a simple question: what is – or might be – ‘everyday ethics’ for community mental health care?  Anthropologist Paul Brodwin, never allows the Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Healthcare’ edited by Churchill, Fanning, and Schenck.

The edited volume of ‘What Patients Teach’ (Oxford University Press, 2013) by Larry R. Churchill, Joseph B. Fanning, and David Schenck is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities and this book may be of particular interest to clinical and healthcare professionals.  ‘Being a patient is a unique interpersonal Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ edited by Bickenbach, Felder, and Schmitz

The timely and pioneering edited volume ‘Disability and the Good Human Life’ (Cambridge University Press, 2014) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome fro across the medical humanities, although this collection may be of particular interest to academics or community practitioners with an interest in disability discourse.  ‘This collection of original essays, from Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua

Jocelyn Lim Chua‘s engaging ethnography ‘In Pursuit of the Good Life’ (University of California Press, 2014) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Once celebrated as a model development for its progressive social indicators, the southern Indian state of Kerala has earned the new distinction as the nation’s Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘On Flinching: Theatricality and Scientific Looking from Darwin to Shell Shock’ by Tiffany Watt Smith

A reviewer is needed for ‘On Flinching’ (Oxford University Press, 2014) by Tiffany Watt Smith. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities and may be of particular interest to readers with an interest in English literature, theatre studies, and the history of the emotions and sensations. ‘While the end of the nineteenth century is often associated with Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS’ by Sanyu A. Mojola

We are thrilled to offer Sanyu A. Mojola‘s new book ‘Love, Money, and HIV’ (University of California Press, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, and may be of particular interest to those working at the intersection of gender, health and identity.  ‘How do modern women in developing countries Read the full article…

Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self Love – reviewed by Dr Julie Walsh

‘Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’ by Simon Blackburn (Princeton University Press, 2014). Simon Blackburn’s Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love endeavours to bring the philosophical wisdoms of Aristotle, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant (to name a few) to bear on the contemporary cultural configurations of a destructive narcissism. Read the full article…