Book Review

“Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience” reviewed by Nicole Matthews

Hearing and the hospital: sound, listening, knowledge and experience by Tom Rice (Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2013). Tom Rice’s book offers an anthropology of the soundscapes of the hospital and medical practices of listening, particularly those of the cardiothoractic ward.  At its centre is a year’s fieldwork undertaken at St. Thomas’ Read more…

By mdiclhumanities, ago
Call for Reviews

Reviewer needed: ‘Brains: The Mind as Matter’ (2012) by Marius Kwint and Richard Wingate (Wellcome Collection).

With a view to broadening the scope of medical humanities and established ideas of what this field entails, we are pleased to offer ‘Brains’ for review. Published by the Wellcome Collection,  this book is mindfully and creatively exhibited and would be suited to students, academics, practitioners as well as artists of Read more…

By benkasstan, ago
Conference Review

Justice, Genes and Welfare: Are Intergenerational relationships toxic?

Francis Thirlway reports on the BSA Family Studies Group and Youth Studies Group Seminar “Justice, Genes and Welfare: Are Intergenerational relationships toxic?” (28 Nov 2013): Intergenerational relations increasingly seem to be called into question in contemporary society, highlighted as centrally implicated in some of its key ills. For example, the Read more…

By mdiclhumanities, ago
Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

Art in the Asylum: Preservation & Transformations

Dr Victoria Tischler, Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences. Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, and curator of ‘Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry’ reflects on this exhibition. Art in the Asylum: preservation and transformations The exhibition ‘Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Read more…

By medh, ago
Film Review

Review – Desert Runners (2013)

Some materialists are fond of pointing out that we are things among countless other human and non-human things. Composed of all that cellular stuff, we are never quite ourselves, never exactly contemporary with every aspect of what we might call our ‘self’. Some think this cheerless while others might find Read more…

By willviney, ago
Book Review

H-Madness Book Review – Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown 2010) (via h-madness)

A terrific review from the H-Madness, the History of Psychiatry Blog, to be read in conjunction with Marcia Angell’s recent extended review essay, The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?, in the New York Review of Books, and Ethan Watter’s 2010 New York Times piece on The Americanization of Mental Illness. Read more…

By medh, ago
Centre for Medical Humanities