September Issue: Mental Discomfort among Practicing Physicians

Today we present Distressed doctors: a narrative and historical study of work-related mental discomfort among practising physicians, a study by Jonatan Wistrand, Department of medical history at Lund University in Sweden. Summary From Dr. Wistrand: Prior to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic there have for some years now been reports in media regarding another epidemic striking […]

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September Issue: Cancer and Coping by Metaphor

In today’s post, we bring you the work of Anna W Gustafsson, Charlotte Hommerberg, Anna Sandgren, about their project at Linnaeus University: Metaphors in palliative cancer care: Coping by metaphors: the versatile function of metaphors in blogs about living with advanced cancer. From their home page: To render the ungraspable graspable, metaphors are frequently used […]

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September Issue: MRI Art, Poetry, and Patient Narratives

We are very pleased to provide a summary of Using MRI art, poetry, photography and patient narratives to bridge clinical and human experiences of stroke recovery, written by Gabrielle Brand and Steve Wise, Ashlee Osborne, Collette Isaac, Christopher Etherton-Beer. (See more by watching AFTERSTROKE, MRI artwork). MRI Artwork – Afterstroke from Steve Wise | 27Creative […]

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September Issue: The Ovum Club on the 50th anniversary of IVF

Today we present another excellent piece from our September print issue, Ex ovo omnia? A letter to members of The Ovum Club on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of IVF. This article is written by an infertile patient who left it too late to conceive, and who has herself experienced in vitro fertilisation procedures […]

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September Issue: Beyond Pathology–melancholy and mourning in infertility

From September’s issue, we are happy to preview the work of Marjolein de Boer: Beyond pathology: women’s lived experiences of melancholy and mourning in infertility treatment. Marjolein is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on subjective experiences and cultural representations of gendered illnesses and medicalization processes, such […]

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September Issue: Cancer and the Emotions

In our September issue, Dr. Noelle Dückmann Gallagher (Department of English, American Studies, and Creative Writing, University of Manchester) brings us Cancer and the emotions in 18th-century literature. Below we provide both a text summary and a video summer from Dr. Gallagher. Summary In this essay, I suggest that the rhetoric of today’s breast cancer […]

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From September: Minecraft as metaphor for UK Depression Guidelines

Appearing in our September issue, Susan McPherson’s paper, A NICE game of Minecraft,” addressed the “philosophical flaws underpinning UK depression guideline nosology.” Dr McPherson is a researcher in the field of mental health and social care at the University of Essex in the UK, on Twitter variously as @SMhuirich @HHS_Research @ResearchEssex. SUMMARY This paper uses […]

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From September’s issue: Enhancing Care through Gratitude

From our September issue: Giskin Day’s open access “Enhancing relational care through expressions of gratitude: insights from a historical case study of almoner–patient correspondence”  explores how gratitude was central to the remarkable success of Brompton Hospital almoners tasked with keeping in touch with patients who had received sanatorium treatment for tuberculosis. Hear more about the […]

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December 2017 Special Issue: Shame, Stigma and Medicine

Why Shame, Stigma and Medicine? Luna Dolezal and Barry Lyons introduce their special journal issue on Shame, Stigma and Medicine Shame, stigma and medicine by Barry Lyons, Luna Dolezal Shame and the vulnerable self in medical contexts: the compassionate solution by Paul Gilbert A dirty little secret: stigma, shame and hepatitis C in the health […]

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