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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It’s time for a Covid-19 Memorial “AIDS” quilt

by Alison Bateman-House To memorialize the death of over 1,000 San Franciscans due to AIDS, in 1985 gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked individuals attending an annual march to create placards containing the name of those who had died. After the march, these were taped to a building, where they resembled a patchwork quilt. Thus […]

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Book Review: Winston Churchill’s Illnesses

Allister Vale and John Scadding (2020). Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886 -1965. Frontline Books, 2020 pp 522. ISBN 978 1 52678 949 5 Book review by Adrian Crisp A 16 year old boy shuffled past the coffin in Westminster Hall and stood in the crowds outside St Paul’s Cathedral at his funeral. Fixed in my auditory […]

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Accessibility, Creation, Community: An interview with Cheryl Green

What would it mean if, instead of being “add-ons,” accessibility tools like captions and transcripts were built into a project from the ground up? What if instead of thinking about accessibility as “mere” additions only, we realized their incredible creative power? Listen to an interview between EIC Brandy Schillace and the intrepid Cheryl Green. Listen […]

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Film Review: Unnatural disasters, a look at ‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’

Review by Neil Singh, a primary care physician and senior teaching fellow in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School ‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’ (Judith Helfand, USA, 2018, distributed by Bullfrog Films) (Streaming free on PBS, also available on Amazon) “What’s the best way to prepare for […]

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Virtual Symposium announcement: New Realities in Times of COVID-19: A Humanistic Response

This might be of interest to our reader: a free virtual symposium on “New Realities in Times of COVID-19: A Humanistic Response,” part of the “Doctor as Humanist” Series. Saturday, November 21. Start: 2pm GMT/9am EST | End: 8pm GMT/3pm EST, registration required | Event page. From the organizers: Join our virtual symposium New Realities […]

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Images of vaccination

In the coming months, one of history’s most ambitious vaccination campaigns will begin in earnest. Complex political, social and cultural factors will shape public reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, and communication surrounding the vaccine’s arrival will be as critical as its underlying efficacy. Before entering the fray, reflecting on some powerful vaccination images can help […]

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Accessing the Future (in a voting year): ways forward for LGBTQ+ health access

In today’s podcast, Dr. Ng speaks with EIC Brandy Schillace about issues of LGBTQ+ and health accessibility. Already a difficult prospect, access to care for this population has become increasingly precarious during the COVID epidemic. Dr. NG describes some of the problems faced by patients and by clinicians—and looks for ways of making a better […]

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A woman on the verge of suicide

‘The Human Voice’ directed by Pedro Almodovar (Spain 2020) shown at the London Film Festival 2020 and due for UK wide release on 7th November Review by Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent ‘The Human Voice’ takes back esteemed Spanish Film auteur, Pedro Almodovar to the narratives he cherishes the most; stories of embittered women […]

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William Carlos Williams: Physician Poet Scrawls Theory of Medical Humanities Throughout Prescription Pad

Blog by Audrey Ruan “The use of poetry is to vivify,” William Carlos Williams jotted onto a prescription pad over half a century ago. In the pages that followed, he hastily sketched out a theory of the interwoven contributions of science and poetry, published here for the first time. The prescription book is part of […]

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