Death and Dying, Italian Style

Valeria Golino, Italian actress and director, talks about assisted suicide and end of life decisions in her films ‘Honey’ and ‘Euphoria’. In this podcast Valeria Golino talks about end of life issues; assisted suicide, the common practice of some Italian people withholding the true diagnosis of terminal illness from their affected relatives, and doctor-patient relationships […]

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History Lessons: Immigration, the NHS, and Fear of the Other

EIC Brandy Schillace interviews Professor Roberta Bivins, Centre for the History of Medicine Department of History, University of Warwick. Since 2015, Dr. Bivins and her colleagues have been asking what the NHS means to people in Britain, and how it came to have such emotional and political resonance. She also recently finished Contagious Communities, a […]

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Making History Matter: Interview with Julian Simpson on #migration, Social Issues, and the Role of History

Podcast Interview with Julian Simpson On today’s podcast, EIC Brandy Schillace speaks to Julian Simpson. Simpson is a freelance historian with research interests in the relevance of history to policy, the history of the NHS, migration (particularly medical migration), mental health, and the use of oral history. Up for discussion today is the responsibility of […]

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A New Outlook on Psychosomatics?: June’s Special Issue

Brandy Schillace in conversation with Dr. Monica Greco What are Biopolitics? And what, for that matter, are psychosomatics? Join us today on the podcast to hear a preview of our June special issue with Monica Greco. Let’s look at an example: ‘Smokers and obese people “soft targets” for NHS savings’, says a surgeon quoted in […]

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Interrogating Medicine: A podcast on humanities and pain

In today’s podcast, EIC Brandy Schillace and Dr. Sara Wasson of Lancaster University discuss the medical humanities as a way of “interrogating medicine.” So often, the humanities (literature, history, anthropology, social science, arts and more) are treated as add-ons, or “soft” skills merely engaged to make the practice of medicine more empathetic or, in the […]

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The Weaponizing of Religion against Healthcare: An Interview with John Fugelsang

Increasingly in the US, elements of religion have crept into medical and political discourse. The Bible has been invoked repeatedly, for instance, in discussion of women’s right to abortion, same sex marriage, adoption, coverage rights, and the list goes on. In today’s MH podcast, Brandy Schillace interviews John Fugelsang, host of Tell Me Everything on […]

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United in Film: Psychiatrist Dr Nabil Elkot Recommends Drama Therapy for Patients and Doctors

Dr Nabil Elkot is a senior Egyptian consultant psychiatrist and the head of the addiction unit in El-Rakhawi Hospital in Cairo. He has a special interest in group therapy for managing addiction and dependency. He was involved in in co-writing, supervising and acting in three landmark TV series: ‘Under control’, ‘Free fall’, and ‘Above suspicion,’ […]

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What Society Do We Live In? Doctor Gavin Francis on Precarity, Vulnerability, and Narrative

In today’s podcast, EIC Brandy Schillace interviews Gavin Frances, Scottish physician and writer of both travel and medical works of nonfiction. His books include True North, about the artic, Adventures in Human Being, a cultural map of the body, and Shapeshifters, looking at changes in our bodies over time (a Sunday Times Book of the […]

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