‘Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda’ reviewed by Dr Megan Wainwright

Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda edited by Susan Reynold Whyte (Duke University Press, 2014). Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda is an account of the lives of the first generation of people to experience not only the widespread availability of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) but its accessibility through free treatment programmes. It offers a window into Read the full article…

‘A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Marion Lynch

A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine edited by Corinna Wagner and Andy Brown (Bloomsbury, 2016) Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘A Body of Work,’ Dr Marion Lynch offers her perspective as a Deputy Medical Director at NHS England. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Ashleigh Blackwood here.  A Body of Work Read the full article…

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of beauty relies on human interaction Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Laura Neff

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Laura Neff offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Alice McLachlan here.  The history of Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Dr Alice McLachlan

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Dr Alice McLachlan offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Laura Neff here.  Having reviewed its Read the full article…

‘Computable bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ reviewed by Dr Fenneke Sysling

‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson (Bloomsbury, 2015). Josh Berson, an anthropologist and design researcher, as he calls himself, has written one of the first books in a wave of publications that now start to reflect on recent technological developments: the fact that we can now track our sleep Read the full article…

‘Human Acts’ reviewed by Dr Katrina Hinson

‘Human Acts’ by Han Kang (Portobello Books, 2016). Han Kang’s second novel, Human Acts, describes horrific acts of violence done to the body, mind, and spirit and the resulting tension between remembering and forgetting. Kang makes visible the indelible scars of violence left on the soul and the body just as much as she highlights Read the full article…

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ reviewed by Dr Sophie Fitzsimmons

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ by Stella Bolaki (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Illness as many Narratives,’ Dr Sophie Fitzsimmons offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick here.  A photograph of a woman, nude Read the full article…

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ reviewed by Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ by Stella Bolaki (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Illness as many Narratives,’ Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick offer their perspectives as researchers in the broader field of the medical humanities. You can see the accompanying review from a clinical perspective, offered by Dr Sophie Read the full article…

‘History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

History of a suicide: My sister’s unfinished life by Jill Bialosky (Granta, 2015).  History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky is a moving and deeply personal account of her younger sister’s suicide and the author’s own struggle to come to terms with what happened – or, perhaps, may have happened. For History of a Suicide does not Read the full article…