Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the Pathologization and Medicalization of Ordinary Experiences

Article Summary by Sahanika Ratnayake In the wake of prolonged grief disorder entering the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders, debates over the pathologizing and medicalizing of ordinary experiences—that is, presenting what we might think of as typical experiences such as grief as disorders requiring specialised treatment—have reignited. Psychiatry of course has a long history […]

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Renaissance Medicine: A Short History of European Medicine in the Sixteenth Century

Book review by Katherine D. Van Schaik Vivian Nutton. Renaissance Medicine: A Short History of European Medicine in the Sixteenth Century. Routledge, 2022. Vivian Nutton’s comprehensive Renaissance Medicine: A Short History of European Medicine in the Sixteenth Century, written largely during the pandemic, provides an overview of a century of medical transformations in Europe. Nutton […]

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The Doctor as Humanist: Humanism In Surgery Symposium Announcement

Symposium Announcement CFP – The Doctor As Humanist Visit the event website by following this link: Event Website Medical humanities have been rising all over the world due to the challenges posed by scientific and technological advancements that provide us with the means to treat, cure and prolong life, but not necessarily with person-centred care. […]

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Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada

Book Review by Philip B. Berger Shaheen-Hussain, Samir. Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada. Foreword by Cindy Blackstock, afterword by Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel. McGill-Queen’s Indigenous and Northern Studies Series, 2020.  Samir Shaheen-Hussain, a pediatric emergency physician, does not hold back in his historical scholarship detailing the pain […]

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Grief Connects Us: A Neurosurgeon’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and Compassion

Book Review by Jeffrey M. Brown Stern, Joseph D. Grief Connects Us: A Neurosurgeon’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and Compassion. Central Recovery Press, 2021.   Joseph Stern’s recent book, Grief Connects Us, opens with a study in contrasts. “My younger sister was an actress,” Stern writes. She was creative, trusting, warm, an engaged wife and […]

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Movement of Knowledge: Medical Humanities Perspectives on Medicine, Science, and Experience

Book Review by Isobel Newby Hansson, Kristofer and Rachel Irwin, editors. Movement of Knowledge: Medical Humanities Perspectives on Medicine, Science, and Experience. Nordic Academic Press, 2020. Movement of Knowledge, edited by Kristofer Hansson and Rachel Irwin, is the result of a collaborative effort by the Cultural Studies Group of Neuroscience at Lund University. Indeed, multidisciplinary […]

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