Notes from Galveston (Week 2): Jac Saorsa, Visiting scholar at the University of Texas

Each day I walk either along the shore, or past beautiful Victorian architecture in the nationally acclaimed ‘historic district’, to the office I have been assigned at the Institute of Medical Humanities. (To be fair, I actually have two offices… the unofficial one is somewhere between the downtown coffee house, where I am becoming a Read the full article…

International perspectives on participation and engagement in the arts (CfP, Conference, Netherlands, 20-21 June 2014)

International perspectives on participation and engagement in the arts 20th-21st June 2014 Utrecht University, Netherlands Networking between academics, policy makers and arts practitioners Transfer of best practices in participatory arts and participatory decision-making in cultural policy Policy transfer between different countries, municipalities and public service sectors International speakers for comparative analysis Since the 1980s there has Read the full article…

Entries are open for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize (Poetry and Medicine)

With a 1st prize for the winning poem in each category of £5,000, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. In its first 4 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 5000 entries from 55 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston: Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Well, I couldn’t help humming that song by Glen Campbell as I took an early morning stroll along the beach on this, my first day in Galveston! As a Visiting Scholar at the UTMB Institute for the Medical Humanities  I will be here for two months working on the Drawing Women’s Cancer project and I Read the full article…

Medical Humanities and Narrative Ethics in Oncology (Seminar, Switzerland, 18-20 October 2013)

Medical Humanities and Narrative Ethics in Oncology: Prognosis, Destiny and Bad News 18-20 October 2013 Bellinzona, Switzerland In the age of participatory medicine, where health professionals encourage and value patients as full partners, patient narrative is the basis for shared decision making. Practicing patient-centred care through the integration of narrative in the consultation enables patients Read the full article…

From Wales to Galveston: An introduction to a series of posts from a visiting scholar and artist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute of Medical Humanities

Introducing Drawing Women’s Cancer             A scientifically competent medicine alone cannot help a patient grapple with the loss of health and find meaning in illness – Rita Charon The Drawing Women’s Cancer project introduces an artist’s perspective into women’s cancer treatment in Wales and originates in a collaboration between myself, Dr Jac Saorsa, artist, researcher Read the full article…

A Narrative Future for Healthcare: Conference Report by Deborah Bowman, Trisha Greenhalgh and Jonathon Tomlinson

This conference report was invited by editors of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog in order to share with a wider audience the ideas and discussions prompted by one of the major international conferences in our field. It was written by Deborah Bowman Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St George’s Medical 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…

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…