The Reading Room: A review of ‘The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy’

  The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy by Arabella Kurtz and J.M. Coetzee London: Harvill and Secker, 2015. Reviewed by Vivek Santayana, The University of Edinburgh   Abstract: Arabella Kurtz and J.M. Coetzee’s The Good Story is a dialogue between a consulting clinical psychologist with an interest in literary studies and a […]

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The Reading Room: Seamus O’Mahony on Richard Asher

  Brimful of Asher Seamus O’Mahony, Consultant Physician, Cork University Hospital   Richard Asher: Talking Sense. London: Pitman Medical, 1972. A Sense of Asher. London: British Medical Association, 1984. The Royal Society of Medicine recently (3 November 2014 – 24 January 2015) held an exhibition called “Richard Asher (1912-1969): A Celebration”. Asher, an English physician […]

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The Reading Room: A review of ‘Pain and Emotion in Modern History’

  Pain and Emotion in Modern History. Boddice R (ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014   Reviewed by Dr Deborah Padfield Visual Artist and Research Associate, UCL CHIRP Interdisciplinary Research Fellow, Slade School of Fine Art Pain and Emotion in Modern History claims to be ‘a rich exploration of the affective expression of pain, the emotional experience of […]

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The Reading Room: Upcoming workshop on ageing

  Medical Humanities and Ageing, 29/06/2015   An initiative of the CHCI Medical Humanities Network Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) Location: Old Committee Room, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LSDate: Monday 29th June 2015 The Centre for the Humanities and Health, […]

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The Reading Room: A review of ‘Health Humanities’

  Health Humanities Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Charley Baker, Victoria Tischler and Brian Abrams (London: Palgrave, 2015) Reviewed by Dr Maria Vaccarella, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medical Humanities, Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London In her foundational study Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern (1999), Janet Lyon explains that “the manifesto both generates and […]

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Book Review: The Development of Narrative Practices in Medicine c.1960-2000

  The Development of Narrative Practices in Medicine c.1960-2000 Jones E M, Tansey E M. (eds) (2015) Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, vol. 52. London: Queen Mary University of London.   Reviewed by Ben Chisnall, Medical Student, King’s College London, UK   “Narrative medicine” is a term used to refer to a number of analytical and interpretative […]

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