Introducing the MH Monthly Podcast!

LAUNCHING JANUARY 3: Medical Humanities is excited to present our newly re-launched podcast. Launching the first Thursday of every month (with occasional extra content on the second Thursday), this new and vibrant platform will provide conversations and interviews about current events, cutting edge topics, social justice and global crises from a medical and health humanities […]

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Streaming Content and Psychoeducation: Analysing the Interactive Approach of Netflix’s Black Mirror; “Bandersnatch”

by Nadeem Akhtar, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, McMaster University Over the last decade there has been a change in societal viewing habits. As a result of easy access to the internet, quicker download speeds and the advent of smart-devices capable of playing video content, there has been an increasing shift towards non-broadcast content, including the […]

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Prescribing Art: An interview with Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health, and Well-being Alliance

EIC Brandy Schillace speaks with Victoria Hume, Director of the UK’s Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER. Hume serves as an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years, and spent four-and-a-half years at Wits initiating a series of arts and health collaborations, including a new […]

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Smoking and lung cancer paradox in Kerala: An Epidemiological Epiphany

Smoking and lung cancer paradox in Kerala: An Epidemiological Epiphany In this blog post Professors Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar and Raghu Ram K. Nair highlight the emerging smoking-lung cancer paradox in Kerala and posit some tentative explanations. The BMJ played a historical role in establishing the relationship between smoking and lung cancer way back in the […]

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“Life Can Only Be Understood Backwards; But It Must Be Lived Forwards”: Review of Mystic River

Review of Mystic River, USA 2003, directed by Clint Eastwood. Review by Franco Ferrarini, gastroenterologist and film reviewer. Review contains plot spoilers. Based on the eponymous 2001 novel by Dennis Lehane, “Mystic River” is one of the darkest and probably best of Clint Eastwood movies. The story might be well known to those who read […]

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The Immigrants’ Case of Shakespeare: A Discussion About Borders and Health Effects of Separation

In the only surviving script to contain his handwriting, William Shakespeare composed an extraordinary speech for the The Book of Sir Thomas More in which More defends immigrants against an angry mob. Over 400 years later, the United States federal government was shut down for weeks over the issue of whether to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. In this podcast, public […]

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The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science and the Great War

Stefanous Geroulanos and Todd Meyers (writers). The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science and the Great War (2018), University of Chicago Press, 432 pp, £26.50. by Linda Roland Danil In this book, Geroulanos and Meyers mainly explore the emergence of a new approach towards corporeal integration in physiology during and after […]

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The 2nd The Doctor as a Humanist Symposium

Jonathan McFarland (Sechenov University) and Irina Markovina (Sechenov University). In October 2017 the 1st The Doctor as a Humanist symposium took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. At the symposium we posed the questions, “Can the Humanities transform 21st Century Medicine?” The end of the first symposium in Spain was closed with the words, “Thanks […]

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Living Archives and Dying Wards: Reflections on Medical Archives in Eastern Africa

by Dr. Mika Marissa I am currently writing a book on the history of the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). I tell the story of how a small experimental chemotherapy research site established by the Makerere department of surgery and the US National Cancer Institute in 1967 remained open during a long period of political instability, […]

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