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Alam Anjum: Emotional Warfare: From Doctors to Patients

25 Nov, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad


Whilst watching the film, “The Doctor”, released in the year 1991, I was struck by the same old question in my mind, whose answer I have been looking for several years that; to what extent does a doctor need to be attached or detached from their patients as persons?


Khalid Ali: From lecture halls to cinema screens: learning about the psyche through films

11 Nov, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

Last year, the round-up of medical humanities-related films at the London Film Festival (LFF) centred on the theme of old age. This year, to synchronise with Mental Health Day (which fell on 10th October 2013, the second of the twelve days of the LFF), the mind and its mishaps serve as our cluster-point.


Khalid Ali: Hidden crimes in stroke exposed through a camera lens A review of film “Abuse of weakness” directed by Catherine Breillat, France 2013

27 Oct, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

The impact of stroke on the lives of patients and their carers seen in the French film “Amour” directed by Michael Haneke was an eye opener to audience around the world, and justifying the film winning the Oscar for the best foreign film in 2012. As stroke organisations around the world celebrate the “World Stroke Day” on the 29th of October this year another French film “Abuse of weakness” tackles the trials and tribulations of life in the aftermath of a stroke.


Event: Anatomy for Life

12 Jul, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad


Ayesha Ahmad: The Sky Surrendered Your Story, and I Held It.

9 Jul, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

Between the doctor and the patient, there is a void; a chasm of the unknown, territories of wild terrain, fertile for a relationship to grow, to nurture and become a healing.

The healing. The healing comes as an ending; a termination of the settlement of the pain identified by the bearer being recognised by the observer.


Ayesha Ahmad: St. Panteleimon: Patron Saint of Physicians

25 May, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

A few weeks ago, in the city of Belgrade, I sat alongside some of the most eminent of ethicists in current biomedical debate, and discussed the morals of enhancing humans.

In light of our scientific and technological development of the means to cause our own final destruction, for our survival, it was argued, we need to enhance our morality, through therapeutic interventions that lead to morally-enhanced motives. Otherwise, we will just become what we become. By virtue of the nature of such therapeutic interventions, subsequently, there will no longer be any need for the reflections of whom we are.

So, too, will the narratives of our writers, our poets, our artists be executed and belong only to a death that cannot speak of our existential disclosures.


Ayesha Ahmad: CFP & Workshop Announcement: Illness, Narrative, and Phenomenology

23 May, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad




Tuesday 9 July 2013

Faculty of Arts & Institute for Advanced Studies

University of Bristol

Keynote speaker: Prof Brian Hurwitz (King’s College London)


Ayesha Ahmad: CFP – Global Medical Humanities, Association for Medical Humanities Conference.

10 Feb, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

There has been continuous and vigorous debate about the theory and practice of medical humanities but only recently have questions been raised about the content and aims of the field in a global context. For example, in December 2011, Claire Hooker and Estelle Noonan published a paper entitled ‘Medical Humanities as Expressive of Western Culture’ in Medical Humanities. Based on their consultations with scholars in a range of Asian countries, they suggest that some curricula have been inappropriately influenced by Western medical history and the Western medical and artistic canon. This is not to deny that some Asian medical and non-medical faculties have long traditions of scholarship in social, cultural and historical dimensions of health and medicine. In spite of the diverse ethnic origins of professional healthcare students in the West, Western medical humanities has sometimes been, in effect, parochial. But those of us who have engaged in practical medical humanities teaching know that the motivations of all students, and their reactions to medical humanities, are diverse.

Ayesha Ahmad: CFP – ‘Ethics Under Cover: Comics, Medicine, and Society’.

10 Feb, 13 | by Ayesha Ahmad

Ethics Under Cover: Comics, Medicine and Society

5th-7th July 2013

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Graphic Medicine invites papers for the fourth international conference on Comics and Medicine. Previous meetings have been held in London, Chicago and Toronto (more information


Ayesha Ahmad: Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Competition

30 Dec, 12 | by Ayesha Ahmad

The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes an annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine and The Hippocrates Press.


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