‘A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo’ reviewed by Professor Karol Kovalovich Weaver

‘A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo’ by Nancy Rose Hunt (Duke University Press, 2016). Nancy Rose Hunt’s A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo looks at the history of security, biopolitics, and therapeutic insurgency in twentieth-century Belgian Congo, a colony epitomised by the book’s title, ‘a nervous state’. She incorporates Read the full article…

‘Adventures in Human Being’ reviewed by Annalisa Manca and Jonathan McFarland

‘Adventures in Human Being’ by Gavin Francis (Profile Books, 2015) Gavin Francis’ Adventures in Human Being is a compelling collection of essays that takes the reader on a metaphorical journey through the human body from the point of view of a practising doctor. It is a mesmerizing and fascinating journey through the intertwined landscapes of Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise of the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise of the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery‘ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but we are specifically looking for a review from an artist or academic. Crucial Interventions is a startling look at Read the full article…

‘Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe’ reviewed by Jessica Legacy

‘Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe’ by Michael Stolberg (Ashgate, 2015) Uroscopy is an out-dated medical practice involving the examination of urine. Physicians inspected urine colour, texture, and quality in order to detect disease and the degree of a patient’s health. Michael Stolberg opens his book, Uroscopy in Early Modern Europe with the claim that ‘this Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa’ by William H. Schneider

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ by William H. Schneider (Ohio University Press, 2013). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This first extensive study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa traces the history of one of the most important therapies in Read the full article…

‘Pain: A Political History’ reviewed by Dr Anastasia Kucharski

‘Pain: A Political History’ by Keith Wailoo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) In Pain: A Political History Keith Wailoo surveys American social legislation since World War II in terms of its impact on people who experience pain. To organise his narrative he divides politicians and advocates in two groups: those who prefer self-sufficiency and minimal Read the full article…

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ reviewed by Professor Shelley Wall

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Following our initial call for a clinical and artist’s review of ‘The Sick Rose,’ Professor Shelley Wall offers her perspective as a medical illustrator and lecturer of ‘pathology illustration’. Richard Barnett’s magnificent book, The Sick Rose, brings together 354 images from The Read the full article…

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ reviewed by Dr Alice McLachlan

‘The Sick Rose: Or; Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration’ by Richard Barnett (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Following our initial call for a clinical and artist’s review of ‘The Sick Rose,’ Dr Alice McLachlan offers her perspective as a Foundation (Year 1) doctor.  The Sick Rose: Disease and the art of Medical Illustration is, as Richard Barnett describes so perfectly 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 an artist to undertake the challenge of reviewing this fascinating and curious collection of medical illustrations, which will be pressed alongside a review by a Read the full article…

Post-Doc vacancy in Medical History and Philosophy (CfA, Université Paris Diderot, 4th July 2015)

In History and Philosophy of Medicine on the Supportive care within the frame of a USPC cross-disciplinary grant « People in Medicine »  The cross-disciplinary Project « People in Medicine » is supported by the Humanities Institute (located at the Université Paris Diderot). The Project is searching for a postdoctoral scholar in Medical History and Philosophy to be Read the full article…