Conflict, Healing and the Arts (CfP, Conference, Durham University, 27 May 2017)

Durham University’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies is holding a one-day conference on 27 May 2017, Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century. The ‘long nineteenth century’ – from Hobsbawm’s ‘Age of Revolution’ beginning in 1774, through the ‘Age of Empire’ and end of the First World War in 1918 – witnessed a Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’ by Matthew Green

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace‘ by Matthew Green (Portobello Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Over the last decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost Read the full article…

‘War, Art, and Surgery: The Work of Henry Tonks and Julia Midgley’ reviewed by Professor Duncan Geddes

‘War, Art and Surgery: The work of Henry Tonks & Julia Midgley’ edited by Samuel J.M.M Alberti (London: Royal College of Surgeons, 2014). ‘The only people with a right look are those who can do something […] the rest are voyeurs.’  To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Hunterian Museum Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘War, Art, and Surgery: The work of Henry Tonks & Julia Midgley’ edited by Samuel Alberti

Edited by Samuel Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons of England), ‘War, Art, and Surgery’ provides the first full illustrated catalogue of the Royal College of Surgeons collection of works by Henry Tonks and artwork created by Julia Midgley – with short essays and testimonies from personnel involved. The book falls on the heels of the celebrated exhibition held at Read the full article…

‘Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee’ reviewed by Dr Dorothy Woodman

‘Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee’ by Hatim Kanaaneh (Just World Books, 2015) As Susan Sontag has argued convincingly, illness is a medical condition, cultural production, and literary trope. In Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, ‘Israeli-Arab’ Hatim Kanaaneh uses his medical and literary skills to explore these expressions Read the full article…

Painting Portraits: A Review

William Viney writes: There’s an old West Country joke of which I’ve grown fond: a Booker Prize winning novelist and a professor of clinical neurophysiology walk into a museum. There, they speak about faces, trauma, compassion, art, writing, experiment, and the First World War and, at the end, they agree they’re onto a good thing.As Read the full article…