“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’ Hospital in London as part Read the full article…

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 anatomy.  Snapped up! Stay tuned Read the full article…

Hitching Arts in Health on the Road to Nowhere

Mike White writes: The country road in Australia is mostly A to B straight on and can seem to traverse interplanetary distance.  Crossing the aboriginal lands of ‘first nation’ people, however, it is a road to nowhere as highlighted in John Pilger’s provocative TV documentary Utopia that aired on ITV this week. I had thought Read the full article…

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 topic of intergenerational justice has Read the full article…

Medical humanities at ESGO – the European Society for Gynaecological Cancer

I’m just returning from what might be a medical humanities first.  I was invited by John Green, an oncologist with an interest in medical humanities at the University of Liverpool, to address the biannual conference of the European Society for Gynaecologial Cancer in Liverpool.  Because of his interests, John had set up a session dedicated Read the full article…

Review of the Western Michigan 3rd Annual Medical Humanities Conference

Sarah Wieten, PhD student at the University of South Florida, writes: At the end of September the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Michigan welcomed over 100 presenters and participants to the 3rd annual Medical Humanities Conference. With many veteran presenters, the conference seems to be hitting its stride as an important event for those Read the full article…

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 Psychiatry‘ at the Djanogly gallery Read the full article…

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 an insistence on our materiality Read the full article…

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. By Michael Oldani By an Read the full article…