Recognition, Collaboration and Community: Science Fiction Representations of Robot Carers in Robot & Frank, Big Hero 6 and Humans

Article Summary by Yugin Teo This paper is interested in how three science fiction texts that came out in the 2010s explored in distinct ways the relationship between robot carers and their human users: the films Robot & Frank (2012) and Big Hero 6 (2014), and the television series Humans (2015⁠–⁠2019). The paper examines ethical […]

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From the December Issue: Sarah Orne Jewett’s depictions of women in a changing medical profession

Today, we are pleased to preview an [open access] article from the December issue by Catherine Hand. She is a third year medical student at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine with degrees in English literature from the University of Dallas and Wichita State University. Her research interests include rural healthcare and the history of medicine, […]

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December Issue: current controversy

Here at Medical Humanities, we have published a few pieces–mostly under the heading Current Controversy–regarding chronic fatigue syndrome. Today we present a preview of our final published piece on the subject, which appeared in June online. While the theme is now closed (we are not accepting new articles on CFS), today’s article presents the work […]

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December Issue: State, religion and the Marginalisation of traditional healing

In today’s post, we want to preview a summary of work by Shakir Ullah, He Guoqiang, Usman Khan, and Komal Niazi: State, religion and the marginalisation of traditional healing in Gwadar, Pakistan. In this ethnographic encounter, authors explore suppression and domination faced by traditional health seekers in Gwadar, Pakistan. The study aimed to provide an […]

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December special Issue: Haunted Hearts

Today we are pleased to present another from the December Special Issue Section: The haunted heart and the Holy Ghost: on retrieval, donation and death, by Joshua Hordern. In his summary of the work, Joshua writes: What is haunting about our hearts? Some people who receive transplanted hearts report a strange feeling of connection to […]

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Podcast: Heart in Medicine, History and Culture

Today we are joined by Therese Feiler, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Systematic Theology and Ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She is part of the project DigiMed Bayern, a multidisciplinary consortium working on digitalized and personalized medicine in in the field of athero-sclerotic diseases. She’ll be speaking to EIC Brandy Schillace about the upcoming December […]

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December Special Issue: David Cooper on Heart Transplant

In today’s post, we preview the work of David K. C. Cooper, “Heart Surgery and Transplantation – Innovations Impacting on Concepts of Life and Death.” For centuries, the heart has been looked upon differently from other vital organs, even if those organs are equally important in sustaining life. Today, very many heart operations are performed […]

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From the December Special Issue: Hugh McIntyre on matters of the (failing) heart

From our December special issue, The Failing Heart: Semantics and science. Science today understands the heart as muscular ball whose mechanical job is to pump blood at sufficient pressure, and which can be replaced if needed. Yet in literature and conversation we still refer to the heart as part of what makes us the person […]

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September Issue: Death and Dying in the Operating Theatre

In today’s post we are happy to present a summary of ‘A small cemetery’: death and dying in the contemporary British operating theatre by Dr Agnes Arnold-Forster (@agnesjuliet on Twitter). Dr Arnold-Forster is a historian of health, work, and the emotions. She received her PhD in 2017 from King’s College London and until August 2020 […]

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September Issue: The Well-Being Index WHO-5

Today’s post provides a short summary of The Well-Being Index WHO-5: hedonistic foundation and practical limitations, an article from out September issue. Written by Amalie Oxholm Kusier, M.A and Anna Paldam Folker, PhD, this work takes a look at well-being matters in everyday decisions. Summary Well-being matters in decisions about everyday priorities and decisions. It […]

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