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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June 2021 Special Issue: Global Genetic Fictions

Global genetic fictions by Clare Barker ‘More than biological’: Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves as Indigenous countergenetic fiction‘Between-time stories’: waiting, war and the temporalities of care by Shital Pravinchandra Environmental racialisation and poetics of influence in the postgenomic era: fire, soil, spirit by Lara Choksey Reading heredity in racist environments: epigenetic imaginaries in Bessie Head’s […]

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March 2021 Issue

March 2020 Standard Issue Can Death Cafés resuscitate morale in hospitals? by Rachel Hammer, Nithya Ravindran, Nathan Nielsen ‘This place is not for children like her’: disability, ambiguous belonging and the claiming of disadvantage in postapartheid South Africa by Michelle Botha and Brian Watermeyer Public health crises in popular media: how viral outbreak films affect […]

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Going Medieval: Historical Comparisons of Plague and Pandemic

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen a great number of comparisons made between this and other outbreaks. Sometimes, the 1918 flu gets top billing, other times is is cholera or typhus. But the benchmark for plague, in history and in popular imagination, still tends to be the Black Death, particularly the […]

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Confronting Toxic Memories

Film review by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medicine ‘Curfew’ (written and directed by Amir Ramses, Egypt, 2020). Spoiler alert: this review reveals significant plot details. Curfew is a stirring drama about parental sacrifice and the dynamics of reconciliation between a mother and daughter.  Along the way, the clinical picture of childhood sexual abuse, its […]

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A Call to End Violence Against Healthcare Professionals in Myanmar

Blog by Kaung Suu Lwin, Khin Thet Swe, Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw, Stuart Gilmour and Shuhei Nomura Escalating catastrophic human rights violations by Myanmar military is threatening health and human security of Myanmar people. Myanmar’s healthcare system is overwhelmed due to violence against healthcare professionals following the military coup. We are issuing a call to […]

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Storytelling Ethics

Blog by Lillian Wieland Medical school interviews loom ahead, making applicants scramble to prepare. We’ll go to our advisors, asking “What will give me an edge?” In return, we might hear the common advice to write down all of our patient interaction stories and craft a narrative on how those experiences impacted us as future […]

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Politics of Difference and Grammars of Influence in the Postgenomic Era: Fire, Soil, Spirit

Article Summary by Lara Choksey The great and humbling lesson of the Human Genome Project was that histories of embodiment are complex social matters. The era in the life sciences imperfectly described as the postgenomic, the period ‘after’ the sequencing of the human genome, has involved a turn to the effects of influences external to […]

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Time Considered as a Helix of Infinite Possibilities

Article Summary by Jay Clayton This contribution to the special issue of Medical Humanities on Global Genetic Fictions focuses on an award-winning science fiction story by Samuel R. Delany, “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones.” In the story, Delany imagines something he calls “hologramic information storage,” which allows an interplanetary Special Service agent […]

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