‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ reviewed by Dr Antje Dallmann

‘Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858’ by Megan Coyer (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). In Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858, Megan Coyer contributes important insights into the study of the literary magazine Blackwood’s, of nineteenth-century British literary periodicals more broadly, and of British Read the full article…

‘Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature’ reviewed by Dr Michelle S. Hite.

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Columbia University Press, 2017: Twentieth Anniversary Edition). Extraordinary Bodies, the Medical Humanities, and Civic Inclusion   Rosemarie Garland Thomson begins the twentieth anniversary edition of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature with a poignant Preface that reflects on the book’s cover Read the full article…

‘Phenomenology of Illness’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Hall.

‘Phenomenology of Illness’ by Havi Carel (Oxford University Press, 2016). Vita Non Est Vivere, Sed Valera Vita Est: a review of Havi Carel’s Phenomenology of Illness. Martial’s epigram — life is not just being alive, but being well — is an appropriate epigram for The Phenomenology of Illness, which explores the concepts of illness and Read the full article…

‘AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood’ reviewed by Fredrick Nyman.

‘AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood’ by Robert Wyrod (University of California Press, 2016).  AIDS and Masculinity in the African City is based on a decade of ethnographic research in an urban slum community in Kampala, Uganda, and examines how the AIDS crisis has come to shape and shift Read the full article…

‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ reviewed by Caroline Pearce.

‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Is it possible to have a ‘good’ death? And if so what might constitute a ‘good death’? In her book — The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America — writer and journalist Ann Neumann addresses questions familiar to Read the full article…

‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities’ reviewed by Dr Stella Bolaki

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods. Associate editors: Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is an epic, much-awaited collection of essays that brings together an impressive list of established and emerging scholars from Read the full article…

‘Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences’ reviewed by Dr Svetlana Sholokhova

Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences by Felicity Callard & Des Fitzgerald (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) Where to begin when you decide to pursue an interdisciplinary research project? How do you put together an interdisciplinary working group? What kinds of difficulties should you expect to encounter? Where does the desire to engage in interdisciplinary work come Read the full article…

‘Addicted. Pregnant. Poor’ reviewed by Dr Kwanwook Kim

Addicted. Pregnant. Poor by Kelly Ray Knight (Duke University Press, 2015). This deeply engaging and long standing ethnography conducted from 2007 to 2011 fully discloses the sufferings of women living in daily rent hotels in abandoned industrial spaces in San Francisco, who are categorised as “addicted, pregnant, poor.” Kelly Ray Knight focuses on the pregnancy-related Read the full article…

‘Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil’ reviewed by Ángela Lavilla Cañedo

Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil by Emilia Sanabria (Duke University Press, 2016). Emilia Sanabria’s Plastic Bodies is a captivating book and a much needed study on perceptions on menstruation and associated biomedical practices. In particular, it provides a different approach from the traditional Anglo or Anglo-American context because of the different Read the full article…

‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves’ reviewed by Marie C. Hansen

We all hear voices: A psychotherapist’s perspective on ‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves’ by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books, 2016). Following our initial call for two perspectives of ‘The Voices Within,’ we are pleased to publish the first review by Marie C. Hansen. The accompanying review will be published in due course.  The Voices Within Read the full article…