Space and Place in the Health Humanities, plus a Masterclass on the Geography of a Dance Intervention – Prof Sarah Atkinson (Seminar, Edinburgh, 23 Jan 2014)

The sixth Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass will be on Thursday 23 January 2014. Prof Sarah Atkinson, Deptartment of Geography, Durham University. Co-Director of Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing, Wolfson Research Institute, and Associate Director, Centre for Medical Humanities Public Seminar: Space and Place in the Health and Medical Humanities Thursday 23 January 2014, 3:30-5:00pm The Old Library, Read the full article…

“There’s no lights on the Xmas tree momma, they’re burnin’ an artist tonight!”

Mike White writes: There was a hatchet job in Sunday’s Independent on arts in hospitals based on perfunctory information extracted on NHS expenditure on art works (accessible here). Those of us who are driving the development of the National Alliance for Arts and Health are deliberating whether to make a response as the piece appears Read the full article…

The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia – Jonathan Metzl (Public Lecture, 4 April 2014, Durham University)

The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Professor Jonathan Metzl 5.30pm Friday 4 April 2014 Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre, Science Site, Durham University Abstract: Misperceptions that persons with schizophrenia are violent or dangerous lie at the heart of stigmatizations of the disease.  My talk tells the story of how these modern-day American Read the full article…

The Politics of Health: Videos from the Vanderbilt Conference now Available

The Politics of Health was held at Vanderbilt University on October 3-4 2013. Videos from the conference are available from the media page or through the links below: Conference Opening Opening Remarks: Dean Carolyn Dever, Intro Remarks: Jonathan Metzl, Opening Address: Emilie Townes Panel I: Health and Social Justice Chairs: Jonathan Metzl and Laura Stark, Discussants: André Churchwell, Manesh Sethi, Christopher Coleman, Read the full article…

“Deliberating Policy: Where morals and methods mix – and not always for the best” Nancy Cartwright Inaugural Lecture (28 October 2013, 6pm)

Professor Nancy Cartwright’s Inaugural Lecture is entitled “Deliberating Policy: Where morals and methods mix – and not always for the best” It will take place at St Mary’s College, Durham University on Monday 28th October 2013 from 6pm to 7pm. The lecture is free to attend and open to staff, students and members of the public. Read the full article…

The Other White Coat Phenomenon

Abraar Karan, UCLA medical student, writes: The physician-patient interaction is the most essential aspect of medical practice and has been shown to significantly impact the quality of care and direct health outcomes of patients. Several factors influence this relationship, one of which is the physical appearance of the physician, particularly his or her attire. The Read the full article…

Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Review by Jonathan Gadsby)

Jonathan Gadsby, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, reviews Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond, eds., Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2013): It was impossible for me to read this new collection dispassionately and I will not be the only one. I found myself in turns punching the air and nervously Read the full article…

Sociology of Diagnosis Workshop with Simon Wessely, Monica Greco and Tom Shakespeare (Cambridge 31 October 2013)

The Third ESRC supported Sociology of Diagnosis workshop will be held on October 31st in Cambridge, UK. Our three speakers will be talking about the politics of diagnosis and the potential of collective health movements: Professor Simon Wessely, Professor of Psychological Medicine, King’s College, University of London Dr. Monica Greco, Senior Lecturer in the Department Read the full article…

Connections and Communities in Health and Medicine (CfP, Conference, Canada, September 12-14 2013)

Manitoba-Northwest Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) & Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate/Early Career History of Medicine Conference September 12th-14th, 2013 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada Connections and Communities in Health and Medicine In September 2013 the University of Saskatchewan will host the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) Postgraduate/Early Career Conference in conjunction Read the full article…