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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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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The Case of Dr Masajiro Miyazaki Japanese-Canadian Healthcare in World War II

Article Summary by Leticia B. Johnson This article uses the memoir of one Japanese-Canadian physician, Dr. Masajiro Miyazaki, in combination with government records and correspondence, to show the complexity of Japanese-Canadian provisions of health care amidst the ethnic community’s internment during the Second World War. Dr. Miyazaki’s memoir represents the disparity between Japanese-Canadian recollections of […]

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‘[Her] Hostess … Is Anxious To Have Her Back When She Is Cured’: The Impact of the Evacuation of Children on Wartime Local Services, England, 1939-1945

Article Summary by Jonathan Taylor Jonathan Taylor’s article, which is based on the study of a rural part of North West England, explores the impact of the Second World War on children’s welfare services. The article begins by arguing that, contrary to existing histories of the conflict, many of the problems associated with evacuees were […]

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June 2020 Special Issue: The Human Bodies of World War II: Beyond the Battlefield

World War II: bodies beyond the battlefield Listen to the podcast with the editors by Hannah Simpson, Megan Girdwood ‘Between-time stories’: waiting, war and the temporalities of care by Laura Salisbury ‘Never forget’: fictionalising the Holocaust survivor with dementia by Sue Vice Special operations: a hidden chapter in the histories of facial surgery and human […]

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‘Master My Demons’: Art Therapy Montage Paintings by Active-Duty Military Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress

Article Summary by Melissa S. Walker, Marygrace Berberian and Girija Kaimal As part of a four-week intensive outpatient program for traumatic brain injury and associated psychological health conditions to include post-traumatic stress, military service members (SMs) engage in group and individual art therapy treatment sessions led by credentialed art therapists. In the fourth week, SMs […]

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