Tales from the Asylum: Patient Narratives and the (De)construction of Psychiatry (CFP, Special Issue)

Tales from the Asylum Patient Narratives and the (De)construction of Psychiatry What is the patient’s role in shaping psychiatric practice? Thirty years after Roy Porter’s seminal article exhorting historians to consider the neglected half of the doctor-patient dyad,[1] the time has come to reexamine the state of psychiatry and its history. Time and again (re)defined through Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘An Amazing Murmur of the Heart: Feeling the Patient’s Beat’ by Cecil Helman

We are pleased to offer the late Cecil Helman‘s insightful work, ‘An Amazing Murmur of the Heart: Feeling the Patient’s Beat’ (Hammersmith Books, 2014), for review. Whilst expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, this book may be of particular interest to clinicians and healthcare professionals. Cecil Helman – GP, medical anthropologist and Read the full article…

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare (Workshop, Lancaster, 12 May 2014)

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare Royal Institute of Philosophy Workshop Storey Institute, Lancaster Monday 12th May In recent years great efforts have been made to listen to “patient voices” in healthcare practice, research, and policy, but such initiatives have met with mixed success and many patients continue to feel that their view are overlooked Read the full article…

New book available for review: ‘Frissure’ by Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins

Frissure: A collaborative work between Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins ‘This is a book about seeing and being seen; about looking at being looked at. It is an intimate book, where the private process of looking and seeing passes from one person looking at herself, to being seen or ‘examined’ by a surgeon, to being Read the full article…

Havi Carel: the role of the patient in improving quality

Havi Carel, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bristol, and a patient, gives a philosophical perspective on patients and improving the quality of care at The King’s Fund’s NHS Leadership Summit 2013. She drew on her own experience of care, as well as the works of Kant, to highlight the important role that patients can Read the full article…

The DSM5 Debates: Searching for the voices of those living under, through, and beyond psychiatric diagnoses

Next week, on June 4–5, 2013, I will be speaking at the DSM-5 extravaganza taking place at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. There is a 2-day international conference titled: DSM-5 and the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Where is the roadmap taking us?, as well as a Maudsley Debate (which will be podcast) on “Enabling or Read the full article…

Medical Humanities: special section ed. Ludmilla Jordanova on “Portraits, patients & practitioners” (June 2013, vol 39(1))

In the June 2013 (vol 39(1) issue) of Medical Humanities, there is a special section, edited by Prof Ludmilla Jordanova (who will be joining Durham University on 1 September 2013), on “Portraits, patients and practitioners”. In her editorial that introduces the special section, she writes: “Medicine and portraiture are entwined in intimate and distinctive ways. Read the full article…

The Patient: Therapeutic Approaches (CfP, Conference, Lisbon, 16-18 March 2013)

3rd Global Conference–The Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Saturday 16th March – Monday 18th March 2013 Lisbon, Portugal A significant focus for this interdisciplinary project is an annual conference which provides valuable opportunities for participants to become involved in, perhaps, the first of many thoughtful, unique, and creative dialogues with one another. In this engaging and responsive Read the full article…