Edinburgh International Conference of Medicine (CfA, Edinburgh, 12-13 September 2016)

This conference will combine the historical aspects of medicine with a look into the future for healthcare across a very broad range of clinical topics.  It will be held in the wonderful facilities of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. All healthcare specialists authors who work in acute and general medicine, from doctors in training to senior consultants, academics, nurses, 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…

The Anatomy of the Image (CfP – updated, Int’l Conference, Monash University, 16-18 February, 2017)

Perspectives on the (Bio)medical Body in Science, Literature, Culture and Politics by organizers Associate Professor A. Fliethmann, Associate Professor R. Kokanovic, Dr. C. Weller The conference wishes to create a broader context for analysing cultural, literary, scientific and political constructions of the (bio)medical body, and therefore seeks to generate interest in the topic from a Read the full article…

‘A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine’ reviewed by Ashleigh Blackwood

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 Ashleigh Blackwood offers her perspective as a post-doctoral researcher. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Marion Lynch here.  On Thomas De Quincey’s (1821) ‘Confessions of Read the full article…

Utilitarianism and Medicine: Past and Present Perspectives (Panel Discussion, Durham University, 11 May 2016)

9:30am  Arrival and tea/coffee  10am  Introduction 10:15am Panel 1 Commentator: TBA  David Knight (Durham) Laughing Gas, materialism, Blasphemy and Coleridge’s Theory of Life  Tom Rossetter (Durham) Paternalism, Utilitarianism and the Insanity Plea in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain 12pm  Break  12:30pm Panel 2 Commentator: Prof Nancy Cartwright  Cathy Gere (University of California, San Diego) The Monkey in the Panopticon: Utilitarianism and Neuroscience in Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corrine Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture Medicine‘ edited by Professors Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller of the Centre for Medical Humanities (Palgrave, 2015).  The Recovery of Beauty comprises fourteen essays exploring what constitutes beauty across time in Western thought and art, its shaping and sustained cultural 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…

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ reviewed by Dr Rebecca Oxley

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head, 2016). A short and profound book, When Breath Becomes Air gets right to the heart of the matter; the prologue commences with a final-year neurosurgical resident analysing CT scan images. This is Paul Kalanithi at 36 years old, and he diagnoses his own terminal lung Read the full article…

Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare (Course, University of Capetown, 29 February 2016)

University of Cape Town introduces the following; A free online course – Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare – from the University of Cape Town, which is offered through the online learning platform FutureLearn. Over six weeks, the course explores the intersection of health sciences, social sciences and the arts. Led by anthropologist Associate Professor Read the full article…