Book Review: Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Jameel Hampton, Disability and the Welfare State in Britain: Changes in Perception and Policy, 1948-1979 (Bristol: Policy Press, 2016), 277 pp., $ 110.00 cloth, ISBN: 9781447316428. Reviewed by Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick From 1948 to 1979, British society might have been on a ‘collective train’ into an egalitarian social democratic future, but, as […]

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Eat, Drink, Be NOT Merry and Die Too: Public Health Implications of Alcohol Consumption

In this blog post, Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar and his colleagues discuss the public health implications of excessive alcohol consumption on the people of Kerala, India. Alcoholism has a major share in the morbidity profile of the Kerala society; apart from serious emotional, familial and economic crises, it also leads to higher rates of suicides. This is […]

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White Coats Need Color

This week’s blog post comes from Caroline Christianson, a second year medical student at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. ‘Write down something about yourself that has to be put on hold while you train in medicine.’ During what had so far been a passive group exercise, this prompt […]

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100 Days of Medical Humanities Helping Health

Today’s guest blog post comes from Professor Marion Lynch, Deputy Medical Director of NHS England, Visiting Professor University of West London Dementia Care and Trustee of Paintings in Hospitals. Prof Lynch is spearheading 100 days of Medical Humanities helping health, 100 days of tweets up to  5th July 2018 to celebrate the UK National Health […]

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In the Mood for a Melody

Today’s blog post comes from Shoshana B Weiner who is a fourth year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and will be entering a pediatrics residency at NYP Weill-Cornell in June. I had just finished STEP-1, the infamous 8-hour medical board exam, and my brain was foggy. With months of prep suddenly coming […]

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Conference Report: Empathy and Affect in Medical and Theatrical Practice

Empathy and Affect in Medical and Theatrical Practice: A Workshop, University of Warwick, 13th and 14th October 2017 Conference report by Stefania Crowther and Vivan Joseph This two-day interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Warwick, funded by the Monash-Warwick Alliance, brought together theatre practitioners, clinicians, scholars in medical humanities and creative artists to explore the […]

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How Podcasts Make Me an Empathetic Physician

Our guest blog post this week comes from Johan Clarke, a third year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine planning on going into family medicine. He is a literature and medicine track scholar undergoing research on the relationship between abject horror and medicine. He received his BA in English literature from Georgetown University.  […]

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Crafting Resistance: Mental Health and Well-Being Among Refugee Groups

Today’s guest blog post comes from Dr. Jasmine Gideon, who is a senior lecturer in Development Studies at the Department of Geography at Birkbeck, University of London. Approaches to understanding trauma among refugee populations There has been a growing consensus within academic and policy debates on the limitations of bio-medical approaches to understanding trauma and mental health among […]

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Wuthering Wastes and the Withering State of Kerala, India

This week’s blog post comes from Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar from the Global Institute of Public Health in Thiruvananthapuram and his co-workers. The blog succinctly presents the case of waste accumulation and its public health implications in Kerala, which is one of the most developed states of India. They point out that the public health implications […]

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CFP: Medical Humanities in the Middle East

Date: November 17-18 2018 Location: Doha, Qatar Deadline for submission: June 1, 2018. The 1st International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar invites proposals for oral presentations and posters on the topics of narrative medicine, medical sociology, philosophy of medicine, art and medicine, expressive arts therapies, medical […]

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