“25 Years of Madness and Modernism” A review by James Whitehead

I first encountered Louis Sass’s Madness and Modernism about a dozen years ago, when I was studying for an MA in modern literature. I had always been interested in writing about madness and the psyche as an undergraduate, and was looking around for a suitable topic for a dissertation, and perhaps a PhD too. My Read the full article…

“Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities” by Anne Whitehead reviewed by Iro Filippaki

Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Empathy, power structures, and what we are capable of not doing In a 1988 interview with George Plimpton, Maya Angelou passionately argued for the importance of fiction by saying that novelists don’t lie: ‘The fact Read the full article…

“Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience” reviewed by Nicole Matthews

Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience by Tom Rice (Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2013). Tom Rice’s book offers an anthropology of the soundscapes of the hospital and medical practices of listening, particularly those of the cardiothoractic ward.  At its centre is a year’s fieldwork undertaken at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London as part Read the full article…

Farewell and Thank You to CMH Reviews Editor Ben Kasstan

Angela Woods writes: As long-term subscribers will know, the intellectual currents of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog have ebbed and flowed since its foundation in 2010. While it has not always been possible to realise the full potential of this site in serving and stimulating the amazing community of scholars, practitioners and publics engaged Read the full article…

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney (PCCS books, 2016). Reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith, researcher at St George’s, University of London. “I never promised you a rose garden”: so striking was her psychiatrist’s statement about recovery in mental health that it became the title of Joanne Read the full article…

Emily’s Voices by Emily Knoll reviewed by Nancy Nyquist Potter

Emily’s Voices by Emily Knoll (Knoll Publications, 2017). Reviewed by Nancy Nyquist Potter, Professor of Philosophy and Associate with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. Emily Knoll offers readers a first-person account of her experiences with voice-hearing, telling of her journey of fear and despair, and her growing path Read the full article…

‘The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing’ reviewed by Julie E Kutac

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing by Martina Zimmerman (Palgrave, 2017). In The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing, Martina Zimmermann undertakes the ambitious task of critically assessing the small canon of book-length illness narratives written by people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  The timeliness of the work cannot be exaggerated:  with Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia’ by Megha Amrith.

We are delighted to offer Caring for Strangers by Megha Amrith (Nias Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Caring for Strangers explores the personal narratives, experiences and aspirations of Filipino medical workers living and working in Singapore and beyond. Today, the Philippines has become one of the largest exporters of medical workers Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorder is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled’ by Jason Schnittker.

We are delighted to offer The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled  by Jason Schnittker (Columbia University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by society and culture. It is Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical intervention in Medical Humanities’ by Anne Whitehead.

We are delighted to offer Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction by Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing on phenomenology and feminist affect Read the full article…