‘Alternative Medicine’ reviewed by Jason Johnson Peretz

‘Alternative Medicine’ by Rafael Campo (Duke University Press, 2013) Rafael Campo’s sixth poetry anthology, Alternative Medicine, is not about alternative medicine in the sense of ‘traditional medicines’; rather the Alternative Medicine to which the title alludes is expressed towards the end of the poem ‘Reforming Health Care’ (p. 62): I grasp at last what I’m still Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature‘ (Syracuse University Press, 2014) by Durham University’s very own Dr Abir Hamdar. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960’ by Pratik Chakrabarti

Two copies of ‘Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960′ by Pratik Chakrabarti (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) are available for review. We are looking for two contrasting perspectives on Chakrabart’s work, which could take the form of different academic perspectives or reviews by an academic and clinician. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘The history of modern medicine Read the full article…

‘The Naming of Cancer’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee

‘The Naming of Cancer’ by Tracey S. Rosenberg (Neon Books, 2014) Arthur Frank describes ‘illness as a call for stories’ (Frank 1995: 53) and since my diagnosis with breast cancer in 2007 I have sought out tales that chime with my own experience.  Frank claims that, in order to understand our identities as people who Read the full article…

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ reviewed by Dr Stephen Curtis

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ by Julia Kristeva, translated by Jody Gladding (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Julia Kristeva’s influence on the field of literary body studies is immense. Chiefly through her 1982 masterpiece, The Powers of Horror: An Essay On Abjection, Kristeva brought a new way of thinking and writing about the messy and neglected Read the full article…

‘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…