Bridges of Hope: Supporting Women and Youth Through Economic Empowerment

Dr Wessam El Beih in conversation with Dr Khalid Ali In this podcast, Dr El Beih, Egypt’s country director of the Drosos Foundation, talks about her journey from a hospital doctor to becoming a pioneer in the use of art and creativity in healing. She was behind the making of the Egyptian film ‘Asmaa’ which […]

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Death and Dying, Italian Style

Valeria Golino, Italian actress and director, talks about assisted suicide and end of life decisions in her films ‘Honey’ and ‘Euphoria’. In this podcast Valeria Golino talks about end of life issues; assisted suicide, the common practice of some Italian people withholding the true diagnosis of terminal illness from their affected relatives, and doctor-patient relationships […]

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June 2019 Special Issue: Psychosomatics

June Special Issue: Biopolitics, psychosomatics, participating bodies Brandy Schillace A New Outlook on Psychosomatics?: June’s Special Issue Brandy Schillace in conversation with Dr. Monica Greco Psychosomatic Subjects and the Agencies of Addiction by Darin Weinberg “Pulling the World In and Pushing it Away”: Participating Bodies and Survival Strategies by Robbie Duschinsky Agency, Embodiment and Enactment […]

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June 2018 Special Issue: Pain and its Paradoxes

Before Narrative: Episodic Reading and Representations of Chronic Pain by Sara Wasson Shifting Understandings of Labour Pain in Canadian Medical History by Whitney Wood Adaptive Frameworks of Chronic Pain: Daily Remakings of Pain and Care at a Somali Refugee Women’s Health Centre by Kari Campeau Pain as Performance: Re-Virginisation in Turkey by Hande Güzel   […]

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Why Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy are Controversial in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Commentary by Michiel Tack Sharpe and Greco ask the interesting question of why cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) are controversial in the field of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). One reason is that the type of CBT prescribed for patients with CFS differs from the CBT used in other illnesses. CBT in […]

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Matthew Morgan’s Critical Finds Meaning in Intensive Care Medicine

Review by Amitha Kalaichandran, M.D. The intensive care unit (ICU) in any hospital is the most high-tech, and the least interactive, in terms of doctors and patients. I often think back to two patients in the pediatric ICU—one who had a recurrence of metastatic cancer resulting in multi-organ failure, and for which every last intervention […]

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September 2018 Standard Issue

Opioids and Pain in the Emergency Department: A Narrative Crisis by Jay Baruch and Stacey Springs Eating disorders, interpretation and the case for creative bibliotherapy research by Emily T. Troscianko Women, ‘Madness’ and Exercise by Jennifer Jane Hardes Blind Alleys and Dead Ends: Researching Innovation in Late 20th Century Surgery by Harriet Palfreyman and Roger […]

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A Bird’s Revenge

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent, Australia, 2018) Review by Khalid Ali, film and media correspondent Recently the presence of women film-makers is becoming more prominent and influential in international film circuits. The Sundance Film Festival London 2019 (https://spotlight.picturehouses.com/sundance-film-festival-2019-london/sundance-film-festival-19-london-full-programme/) continues the trend of showcasing the best of world cinema made by talented women with compelling stories to […]

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Enchanting Robots: Intimacy, Magic, and Technology by Maciej Musiał

Review by Sue Smith Enchanting Robots: Intimacy, Magic, and Technology is part of the book series, Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI, edited by Kathleen Richardson, Cathrine Hasse and Teresa Heffernan, and is written by Polish academic, Maciej Musiał. In Enchanting Robots Musiał discusses ‘magic’ and ‘magical thinking’ in order to critically assess […]

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