Routledge Handbook of the Medical Humanities

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This authoritative new handbook offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the state of the medical humanities globally, showing how clinically oriented medical humanities, the critical study of medicine as a global historical and cultural phenomenon, and medicine as a force for cultural change can inform each other. Composed of eight parts, the Routledge Handbook of the Medical Humanities looks at the medical humanities as: a network and system therapeutic provocation forms of resistance a way of reconceptualising the medical curriculum concerned with performance and narrative mediated by artists as diagnosticians of culture through public engagement. This book describes how the medical humanities can be used in and out of clinical settings, acting as a point of resistance, redistributing medicine’s capital amongst its stakeholders, embracing the complexity of medical instances, shaping medical education, promoting interdisciplinary understandings and recognising an identity for the medical humanities as a network effect. This book is an essential read for all students, scholars and practitioners with an interest in the medical humanities.

Table of contents

Cover Page
Half Title
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Medical Humanities—A Mixed Weather Front on a Global Scale
Part I Medical Humanities as Networks, Systems and Translations
1 A Dose of Empathy From My Syrian Doctor
2 The Cultural Crossings of Care: A Call for Translational Medical Humanities
3 Medical Work in Transition: Towards Collaborative and Transformative Expertise
4 Health, Health Care, and Health Education: Problems, Paradigms, and Patterns
Part II Democratising Medicine: The Medical Humanities as Forms of Resistance
5 The State of the Union: Rigour and Responsibility in Us Health Humanities
6 The Cutting Edge: Health Humanities for Equity and Social Justice
7 Geography as Engaged Medical-Health-Humanities
8 Challenging Heteronormativity in Medicine
9 Medical Nemesis 40 Years On: The Enduring Legacy of Ivan Illich
10 Hospitaland
Part III Medicine’s Metaphors and Rhetoric
11 Don’T Breathe a Word: A Psychoanalysis of Medicine’s Inflations
12 Metaphor as Art: A Thought Experiment
13 The Practice of Metaphor
14 Medical Slang: Symptom or Solution?
15 Ageism and Rhetoric
16 The Rhetorical Possibilities of a Multi-Metaphorical View of Clinical Supervision
17 The Chaotic Narratives of Anti-Vaccination
18 Thought Curfew: Empathy’S Endgame?
Part IV Medicine as Performance and Public Engagement
19 The Performing Arts in Medicine and Medical Education
20 A Manifesto for Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities
21 Grasping Emergency Care Through Pop Culture: The Truths and Lies of Film, Television and Other Video-Based Media
22 Who is the Audience for the Medical/Health Humanities?
23 Desire Imagination Action: Theatre of the Oppressed in Medical Education
24 Zombie Sickness: Contagious Ideas in Performance
25 The Masks of Uncertainty
Part V Embodiment and Disembodiment
26 Nobody’S Home
27 Ecstasy
28 Relationships That Matter: Embodying Absent Kinships in the Japanese Child Welfare System
29 Still Alice? Ethical Aspects of Conceptualising Selfhood in Dementia
30 Body Maps: Reframing Embodied Experiences Through Ethnography and Art
31 Perspectives on Olfaction in Medical Culture
Part VI The Medical Humanities in Medical Education
32 The ‘Awe-Full’ Fascination of Pathology
33 Biomedical Ethics and the Medical Humanities: Sensing the Aesthetic
34 Medical Humanities Online: Experiences From South Africa
35 ‘Your Effort was Great/You Carried Me Nine Months’: The Birth of Medical Humanities in Ethiopia
36 Medical Humanities in Canadian Medical Schools: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Part VII The Patient Will See You Now
37 Can We Make Empathy More Intelligent? Try Social Empathy!
38 A Letter From Marijke Boucherie to Alan Bleakley
39 Health Humanities: A Democratising Future Beyond Medical Humanities
40 Doctors Need Safe Confessional and Cathartic Spaces: What We Learned From the Research Project ‘People Talking: Digital Dialogues for Mutual Recovery’
41 All Thanks to the Words of a Stranger: An Homage to the Uk’s National Health Service
Part VIII Overview: Celebrating the Flaw in the Persian Rug
42 Negotiating Research in the Medical Humanities

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