Seeking Blog Content On This Year’s Theme: Access

Announcement by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch This year’s theme for Medical Humanities-BMJ is access to health care: how does accessibility as a facet of social justice impact how people manage and make sense of their health? Access to medical services can mean many things—from insurance coverage, to social services that make medical care possible, to outright discrimination for disadvantaged […]

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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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Access to Female Sterilization as Perceived by History of Medicine Students

Blog by Caitlin Fendley I teach a course on the history of disease, death, and medicine in twentieth-century America, which is predominantly taken by STEM and pre-med students and those seeking to work in healthcare. As part of teaching students about how culture and medicine influence each other, I devote lectures to women’s reproductive health […]

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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 2020 Standard Issue

A NICE game of Minecraft: Philosophical flaws underpinning UK depression guideline nosology by Susan McPherson Neurological disorders, affective bioethics, and the nervous system: Reconsidering the Schiavo case from a materialist perspective by Matthew Wolf-Meyer Putting the NHS England on trial: Uncertainty-as-power, evidence and the controversy of PrEP in England by Maurice Nagington and Tony Sandset […]

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Body Positivity vs. Medical ‘Truths’: Obesity and the Cultural Production of Shame

Blog by Tanisha Jemma Rose Spratt In August 2019 US television host Bill Maher stated on national television that in order to tackle the US’s growing “obesity problem” fat-shaming needs to make a “come back”. Arguing for a greater emphasis on personal responsibility when it comes to food consumption and exercise, Maher claimed that “some […]

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Their theatre: stories of redemption, hope, and reform

Zeina Daccache, a Lebanese film maker, discusses her strategic reform campaign in Lebanese prisons and lobbying for other disadvantaged populations Interview by Khalid Ali, film, and media correspondent Zeina Daccache has been advocating for marginalized groups in Lebanese prisons since 2006. Her calling followed the realisation that ‘mainstream theatre’ excludes and marginalises further society’s outcasts. […]

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