Medical Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Environment Conference (CfP, Harvard University, 29-30 September 2017)

In the present age of the Anthropocene, the extraordinary transformations of Earth’s climate are changing the biophysical conditions involved in global food production, emerging epidemics and natural disasters. There is growing concern that global environmental change will have significant adverse impacts on global patterns of disease and mortality over the next century. Responses to recent Read the full article…

‘Body of Art’ reviewed by Marilena Parlati

‘Body of Art’ conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors (Phaidon, 2015). A naked arm entices readers into it. The partial illustration chosen as a cover to Body of Art is a detail from one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portraits (dated 1975), in which an intriguing, probably naked young man unfailingly captures the attention of his viewers Read the full article…

‘War, Art, and Surgery: The Work of Henry Tonks and Julia Midgley’ reviewed by Professor Duncan Geddes

‘War, Art and Surgery: The work of Henry Tonks & Julia Midgley’ edited by Samuel J.M.M Alberti (London: Royal College of Surgeons, 2014). ‘The only people with a right look are those who can do something […] the rest are voyeurs.’  To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Hunterian Museum Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Body of Art’ conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

We are pleased to offer Phaidon‘s (2015) beautiful edited collection entitled ‘Body of Art‘. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Body of Art’ is the first book to focus exclusively on the body in art, providing not only a complete history of how the human form has been represented in visual culture over time, Read the full article…

Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities

What is and should be the role of narrative in the medical humanities? Responding to Angela Woods’ 2011 paper The limits of narrative, Dr Claire McKechnie (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) advances the discussion in her recent article for the BMJ Medical Humanities journal “Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities.” Read the full article…