Psychiatry, old age and relationships in Professor Robert Abrams’ words

In this broad interview, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Robert Abrams (Weill Cornell University, New York, USA), talks to the Screening Room editor of Medical Humanities Khalid Ali about family relationships, traumas from childhood, dementia, and geriatrics. Robert Abrams was interviewed at the Cairo Medfest, the First Arab Forum for Medicine in Film, in January […]

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Conference Report: Inaugural Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research

By Sarah Spence, University of Glasgow Inaugural Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, Durham University, 14th-15th September 2017 Since it was established in 2013, the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) has held a number of workshops throughout the UK. Its first research congress, hosted at the beautiful Durham University, brought […]

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The Venture of Medical Humanities in Turkey

In his first post for the Medical Humanities blog, Ahmet Karakaya of Istanbul University’s Medical Faculty explores the development of medical humanities education in Turkey. In Turkey, the field of medical humanities, like in many European countries, is developing rapidly. Although it seems that there are a lack of long-terms debates on bioethical discussions in […]

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Moving Beyond the Debate: From Ethical Challenges to Ethical Solutions for Trainees Working in Low Income Countries

Dr Saqib Noor is the author of Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: Letters From a Doctor Abroad. He has also discussed global surgery on the BBC Asian Network, local BBC Radio, and on Talk Radio Europe.   At a recent conference on global surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, a familiar […]

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Breastless: Reflecting on Creativity in the Face of Surgery

Louise Kenward interviews Clare Best about her multimedia project Breastless, published online recently as part of ‘Life Writing Projects’, a joint project between The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and REFRAME at the University of Sussex. In Breastless, Best traces her experiences of risk-reducing bilateral mastectomy through prose, a sequence of poems […]

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Book Review: Brilliant Imperfection

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure by Eli Clare, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017, 240 pages, £70. Reviewed by Dr. Sue Smith   Brilliant Imperfection is an elegant addition to the current topical debate concerning disability and cure written by disabled, transgender activist, Eli Clare. Combining personal memoir and acute observation with critical disability […]

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Empathy and Affect in Medical and Theatrical Practice: Sophocles, Beckett, Edson

Empathy and Affect in Medical and Theatrical Practice will be a two-day event on the 14th to the 15th of October at the University of Warwick. The event will bring together theatre practitioners, clinicians, and scholars in humanities and medical ethics with other members of the public to consider the embodiment of illness (both physical and […]

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