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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription  
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 54)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access  
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access  
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access  
La Revue pour l’histoire du CNRS     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access  
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Medical Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Médiévales     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Memory Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Mens : revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle     Full-text available via subscription  
Messages, Sages and Ages     Open Access  
Mind and Matter     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription  
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Nationalities Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Natures Sciences Sociétés     Full-text available via subscription  
Neophilologus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
New German Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
New West Indian Guide     Open Access  
nonsite.org     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Northeast African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie     Hybrid Journal  

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Journal Cover Medical Humanities
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   ISSN (Print) 1468-215X - ISSN (Online) 1473-4265
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  • Limbo
    • Authors: Ando; V.
      Abstract: they parade through the hostile check-in,the entrancewrapped in grey,shrouded in silencea mournful dance in limbodailysad, expressionless faces,there is nowhere else to go but here,the destination one,the departure uncleardelayeddailythey wake in her unquiet presence,waither restless peace,agitatedthey promised she would golingeringdailyher weakened lungsshattered and battereda cloakof smothered ashweak and heavy and tired, thickher every breathsaturated and hungrya struggle, her lungsheld open only by the machinenow turnedoffawaiting take-off, exitdailyeach breath a hope of final resteach breath a reminder of impending deathon-goingdelayeddailyCompeting interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011100
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • San Antonio Summer '64
    • Authors: Bronson; R.
      Abstract: ...there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weaponslocated ...in 14 countries.Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2014Rising on columns of fire,rockets launched to the moon –and I who'd wishedto work with astronauts,am assigned insteadto weigh SAC bomber crewimmersed in water –measure "lean body mass,"wondered what differencea paunch on a pilot would makesitting in a B52.Silent—eyes hiddenbehind red goggles,they swaggeredin their muscled nakednessinto my lab.Dark-adapted to their cockpits,ready day or night, airborneat the President's command –fly over the pole, drop hydrogen bombs –mutual assured destruction.MAD it was called.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011096
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Poor Little Butterfly
    • Authors: D'Costa; J.
      Abstract: Poor little Butterfly with wings broken, asleep on the ground. Your life in the balance, so soon after leaving the cocoon. Poor little Butterfly, the cause of your illness hasn't been found. Let your hope not be squashed on this dark afternoon. Twenty of us, observe you asleep, at peace on the bed. Poor little Butterfly, your wings are clipped, no one knows why. Poor little Butterfly, you are so small compared to the tubes near your head. And now you will be caged in the grey indoors, not the blue sky. Your small broken body, cut by the knife. Wings so fragile, you wonder how in the wind they don't tear. It's funny, dear Butterfly, we wound to give life. Yet tears fall when we cut through skin that's barely there. You can't see how much we care for a Butterfly we have just met....
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011098
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • The remaining questions
    • Authors: Jajarmi; Y.
      Abstract: you may ask about deformed structure: a white root onion bulb behind eyes, or boggy green-grape bulging under knuckles, or the green sprouts shooting from the carina, or the bifurcation of open-lung shaped as a bird's breastbone: sensual, white, snowy, open paths: the things that remind us of the first cut in surgery, or me of his legs apart in the evening; you may ask about the paper-mache of our environment mapped on the undressed body: a raspberry rash or the leaky shimmer of virus-vesicles nailed newly, painfully, on her back as new shingles for the roof of her chest; or the coracoid: the raven's beak and the writing desk of shoulder tissue where it perches, or the way the sella turcica sits precariously atop the equine mind; the lunate: that deep, slow, concave dimple-bone poised in the hands of our root-skinned darlings as they bath us and promise...
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011131
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Fears from a medical student part II: Prepping the patient
    • Authors: Prabhu, A. V; Kashkoush, A.
      Abstract: Veins replete with burning medicine, his eyes shiver shut. Is it quite the same to call this sleep? He's surrounded by masks, whispering and weaving, cleansing his arms, piercing taut skin. A catheter slithers into the anatomical pouch as the soft roar of razor denudes his abdomen. The tape recruits every last hair. Paintbrush to belly button, spreading orange chlorhexidine across the impact line. The man we know is gone, and in his place— nine square inches of skin framed by tape and sheets. The overhead lights turn on. "Time out!" All look up for a moment and nod, to show no wrong. To acknowledge the tissue that was once our patient. My face turns to the side. We inhale the smell of seared flesh through our masks. NoteThis poem is part of a series of medical student perspectives in medical school, with the first poem entitled, "Fears...
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011120
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • The master thief
    • Authors: Bradley; J.
      Abstract: His came from the inside.One of his own turned.Insidious at firstSubtle, and easy to disregard.Unseen, it was stealing   Stealing balance   Stealing deglutition   Stealing memoryForcing attention to its ravageNo longer able to ignoreIt wantedEverything.But not a complaint was utteredNot an angry word saidAs energy dwindledMovements laboredIndependence abandonedAnd the steadfast body could no longer be relied upon.Stolen by the Master Thief.Though It took so muchIt could not win.Courage –the rarest kind.Unfaltering.The body. Succumbed.The spirit. Impenetrable.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011121
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Odyssey of life
    • Authors: Fleischer; S.
      Abstract: Born to the worldyou unfurl your sails,snapping and billowingthey harness the power,leading you throughthe odyssey of life.Wallowing in calm watersyou listen to the rhythm of life.But, never far awaythe whish of a breezeto fill your sails,and proudly you cuta swathe through gentle waters.To'ing and fro'ingyou face challenges,adapting with ease.But troubled waters lie ahead,as winds of change blusterand storm clouds gather.The utmost challengefacing you, your sailsbattered and tornyou falter, strugglingfor a safe havento rest your wounded soul.The storm over, you emergeshaken, but not broken.And once againyou unfurl your sailsforging ahead, in your questto master the seas.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011126
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Reliving the day
    • Authors: Darcey; J.
      Abstract: There's a general hum on the wards: Beeps, bells and buzzers Mixed with carts rolling, drawers opening and Voices helping. An occasional delirious, "Nurse!" Rings out, followed by A soothing reassurance. It's a measured calm, a sensation of Welcome. Without warning a chasm opens wide around us, The air from our lungs sucked into its depths. Panicked shouts are followed by Overhead pleas; The mood turns tense with the electricity of Fear. Runners pass by, ruffling onlookers' hair With their breeze, like the Breath that is missing. A frenzied pace settles in Along with a desperate hush. The chaos turns into a Resolute cycle of, "1, 2, 3, 4..." As breaths are squeezed and elixirs infused. 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes tick by and The silence is peppered only with orders. The silence is deafening; The anticipation, immense. At once the quiet is shattered; Not by...
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:02-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011127
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • A Glimpse of the Inevitable
    • Authors: Riemenschneider; K.
      Abstract: Inundated with thick, puffy legs and coarse beards tinged with yellow, engulfing smiles exuding carefree air. She was immediately different. Her eyes wide with something unattainable by empathy, surrounded by people pretending to have it all together, just for her. The room brimming with false pretenses, balloons and smiles flirting with my vision until I take my first breath, filling my heart with the weight of the air. Words emerge, but my mind wanders, a defense mechanism of sorts. I stumble upon her mirror image: a bedside stuffed owl, preposterous given the backdrop, its eyes wide and expression gaping, casting wisdom that has lost its meaning aside. She did everything right, but it didn't matter. Her body losing its desire to serve, her heart could not carry her mind any longer, trapping her in skin and bones that shivered in the heat of her realization. ...
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011034
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Initiation
    • Authors: Samuels; A.
      Abstract:  Today I met her face to faceHer eyes were sullen, her mouth drooped. My face unshaven, my hair undone.Her tongue positioned to release the unspoken. My forehead wrinkled, my brow creased.Her complexion obscure, her teethAlmost piercing her paper-thin lip.A hyoid bone floating magically,The neck's triangles precise, thyroid a butterfly,Left lung poised for a handshake,The aorta's pathway to Celiac, Mesenteric, Renal,The legs, extensors and flexors, origins, insertions–Beautiful the touch, the cut, the push, the pull— If only he remembered the face.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011029
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Night Visiting
    • Authors: Strawson; D. J.
      Abstract: A wallowy wet night they called me in. ‘They want a doctor, only a doctor will do.' I take the back steps into the hospice, tiptoe past the dark. ‘The family are waiting.' I follow the nurse's translucent finger pointing the way. ‘I must see the patient first.' My voice tired, harsher than I'd hoped. Supine, slither of moon caught in the net curtain illuminates the beauty of skin. A morbid game, we count to ten between breaths. Slipping from the room, through treacle I walk to the designated family room. Séance like under the sickly glow of an energy saving light bulb, a chair awaits my all-knowing bottom. ‘As a family we have decided - antibiotics, a blood transfusion, there must be something you can do Doctor?' But what can I do? Explain the biology of death, the magician's hat run out of rabbits? ‘Where...
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011036
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Peak and Trough
    • Authors: McLean; A. J.
      Abstract: I am not at a steady state.I fear my half-livesare becoming cat lives.(Perhaps I should have triedveterinary school instead of allopathy.)My classmates seem to havepeaks and troughs as I do,measurements ofx and y axes ofvarying names:Sleep. Grade. Competence. Desperation.But mine seem deeperand wider.Ifeeldifferent.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011043
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Styx and Sarcoma
    • Authors: Zaidi; D.
      Abstract: From where I waited,the River Styx looked like an ocean.It stretched beyond the sandy banks where I stood,weaving its way through rooms and hallways.The water floated in air, like spirits do.I knew it to be cold to the touch.In that sea of white coats, I saw a pallium:a black cloak draped over the ferryman.Charon—his eyes warm and smile frail—come to bring me home to a place of rest!Alas, his boat drifted onward;these timeworn eyes could not follow him for long.But tomorrow, I will wait on these banks again—till this coin is no longer in hand,till these feet are no longer on sand.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011066
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • The (re)-introduction of semiotics into medical education: on the works of
           Thure von Uexküll
    • Authors: Tredinnick-Rowe; J.
      Pages: 1 - 8
      Abstract: Thure von Uexküll's reputation as a pioneer in biosemiotics and also in psychosomatic medicine is well documented. It is easy to see these disciplines reflected in his notable publications, both in English and in German. However, if one spares the time to filter through all of his articles, monographs, conference papers and editorials in English and in German, a notable gap arises in his English language publications: that of clinical education. This gap in the English language literature may seem unimportant in and of itself, but it speaks volumes when we consider the total absence of medical semiotics in the curriculum of medical schools in the English speaking world. This runs in stark contrast to the strong traditions of psychosomatic medicine in Germany, which Thure von Uexküll largely helped to instil. Do the works of Thure von Uexküll offer a possible step towards a resurrection of medical semiotics in clinical education? This chapter attempts to explore the lesser known German literature on clinical education that Thure von Uexküll produced, and explore the role semiotics can play in Medical Education in the English speaking world. While also seeking to contrast this literature with other existing approaches in British and American medical schools who have attempted to reintroduce medical humanities and reflexive thinking into clinical education.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010969
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Towards a Medicine of the Invisible: bioethics and relationship in "The
           Little Prince"
    • Authors: Colucci, M; Pegoraro, R.
      Pages: 9 - 14
      Abstract: The Little Prince is one of the most famous fables. In this paper, we attempt to look at three bioethical issues through the Little Prince's eyes: the end-of-life context, the patient–physician relationship and prevention/precaution. The fable gives us the basis for a perspective we have called ‘Medicine of the Invisible’, which is value-focused. The Little Prince suggests that we seek the invisible—the "thing that is important", the "matters of consequence", even on a gnoseological and epistemological level—as a new type of ‘clinical data’ which may help to make healthcare more ethical and effective. However, this invisible is attainable only within a relationship, in which the physician needs to be tamed by the patient and the patient needs to be tamed by the physician—each one becoming responsible for the other, each one becoming himself through the dialogue with the other. Responsibility is also projected towards the future, against those threats to life that are still unseen and unknown: owning a part of the world entails the ethical imperative to act, in order to safeguard life. But, without a relationship—saturated with lived time, shared experiences, and individual's uniqueness—no meaning and no value can be given. For this reason, the Medicine of the Invisible reminds bioethics that "the thing that is important is the thing that is not seen".
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010946
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Ghosts of Company
    • Authors: O'Sullivan; O. P.
      Pages: 10 - 10
      Abstract: The young barmaid held her gaze,When he raised his mask,To salute with mercurial gusto,Heroes of the past.Now he is laid down to rest,Resolute and steadfast.Amidst "the fearless",His dearest left cursing his craft.At dusk, fading from actuality,Not the first,Not the last,All just ghosts of company,Hiding themselves behind a glass.Before an altar,We must not falter,For ‘tis He himself who laughs last.Time. Gentlemen. Please!My, oh my...How it has passed.Competing interestsNone.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011103
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Whence 'zoster? The convoluted classical origins of a sometimes
           illogical term
    • Authors: Schott; G. D.
      Pages: 15 - 18
      Abstract: The term ‘zoster’ is nowadays associated with ‘herpes zoster’, the condition resulting from reactivation of the latent varicella-zoster virus which causes shingles. But in antiquity the meaning of ‘zoster’, a Latin word originating from the Greek for a belt or girdle, was variously associated in men with a form of body armour which could enclose just one half of the body; in women with a garment worn around the waist and sometimes called a ‘zona’; and with a place, Zoster, linked mythologically then with the goddess Leto and her zona. Around 48 AD, the Roman physician Scribonius Largus became the first to associate ‘zona’ with ‘herpes’, and to attribute a medical meaning to ‘zona’, here an abbreviation of ‘zona ignea’ (‘fiery girdle’). Although in the past the terms ‘zoster’ and ‘zona’ were sometimes used interchangeably, today only ‘zoster’ remains—even when etymologically illogical in those patients whose zoster rash occurs in body areas other than the trunk.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010926
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • When doctors are patients: a narrative study of help-seeking behaviour
           among addicted physicians
    • Authors: Wistrand; J.
      Pages: 19 - 23
      Abstract: In recent decades studies based on questionnaires and interviews have concluded that when doctors become ill they face significant barriers to seeking help. Several reasons have been proposed, primarily the notion that doctors' work environment predisposes them to an inappropriate help-seeking behaviour. In this article, the idea of the ill physician as a paradox in a medical drama is examined. Through a text-interpretive and comparative approach to historical illness narratives written by doctors suffering from one specific diagnosis, namely opioid addiction, the complex set of considerations guiding their behaviour as patients are to some extent revealed. The article concludes that, in the identity transition necessary to become a patient, doctors are held back by their professional status and that every step to assist them needs to take shape based on an awareness of the underlying principles of the medical drama. Written illness narratives by doctors, such as those highlighted in this article, might serve as a tool to increase such awareness.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011002
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Suicide voices: testimonies of trauma in the French workplace
    • Authors: Waters; S.
      Pages: 24 - 29
      Abstract: Workplace suicide has become an urgent social concern internationally with rising numbers of employees choosing to kill themselves in the face of extreme pressures at work. Yet, research on this phenomenon is hampered by fragmentary statistical data and the sheer contentiousness of this issue. This paper presents the preliminary findings of a research project on workplace suicides in France, where there has been a ‘suicide epidemic’ across a wide range of companies. I draw on an analysis of suicide letters linked to 23 suicide cases across three French companies during the period 2005–2015. My methodological approach is informed by the work of suicide sociologist, Jack D Douglas, who emphasised the importance of narrative, testimony and voice to our understanding of the causes of suicide. Douglas argued that an analysis of the ‘social meanings’ of suicide should start with a consideration of the motivations attributed to self-killing by suicidal individuals themselves and those close to them. Why does work or conditions of work push some individuals to take their own lives? What can the ‘suicide voices’ articulated in recent testimonies tell us about the causes of workplace suicide? In this paper, I treat suicide letters as a unique mode of testimony that can reveal some of the profound effects of workplace transformations on subjective, intimate and lived experiences of work. By examining French suicide testimonies, my aim is to deepen our understanding of the nature and causes of suicide in today's globalised workplaces.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011013
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • A fuller picture: evaluating an art therapy programme in a
           multidisciplinary mental health service
    • Authors: Brady, C; Moss, H, Kelly, B. D.
      Pages: 30 - 34
      Abstract: Art therapy has a long history in mental healthcare, but requires an enhanced evidence base in order to better identify its precise role in contemporary services. This paper describes an evaluation of an art therapy programme in an acute adult psychiatry admission unit in Ireland. A mixed method research design was used. Quantitative data were collected through a survey of 35 staff members and 11 service users. Qualitative data included free text comments collected in the survey and individual feedback from service users. Both methods aimed to assess the role of art therapy as part of a multidisciplinary mental health service. Thematic content analysis was employed to analyse qualitative data. Staff demonstrated overwhelming support for art therapy as one element within multidisciplinary services available to patients in the acute psychiatry setting, Qualitative feedback associated art therapy with improvements in quality of life and individual support, and emphasised its role as a non-verbal intervention, especially useful for those who find talking therapy difficult. Creative self-expression is valued by staff and service users as part of the recovery process. Recommendations arising from the research include continuing the art therapy service, expanding it to include patients under rehabilitation, provision of information and education sessions to staff, and further research to identify other potential long-term effects. The low response of staff and small sample in this study, however, must be noted as limitations to these findings.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011040
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • 'There was no great ceremony: patient narratives and the diagnostic
           encounter in the context of Parkinson's
    • Authors: Peek; J.
      Pages: 35 - 40
      Abstract: This paper draws on stories of diagnosis that emerged from a broader narrative study exploring the lived experience of Parkinson's (n.37). Despite the life-changing nature of their diagnosis, participants' narratives highlighted considerable shortcomings in the way in which their diagnostic encounter was handled, echoing the findings of previous research in which it has been noted that ‘the human significance’ of diagnosis was passed over. Building on the literature, this paper provides empirical material that reveals the sensitivities involved at the moment of diagnosis. By examining both the structure and content of participants' narratives, this article discusses the diagnostic encounter in relation to three key concepts that connected many participants' stories: a ‘bareness’ or lack of ‘ceremony’, a sense of emotional and physical ‘abandonment’ and the impact on a person's illness story when faced with a ‘hierarchy’ of illness. This paper aims to raise awareness of contemporary issues related to the diagnosis of Parkinson's, and invites reflection on how diagnosis might be undertaken in a way that truly acknowledges its human significance.
      Keywords: Open access
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011054
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Who cares? The lost legacy of Archie Cochrane
    • Authors: Askheim, C; Sandset, T, Engebretsen, E.
      Pages: 41 - 46
      Abstract: Over the last 20 years, the evidence-based medicine (EBM) movement has sought to develop standardised approaches to patient treatment by drawing on research results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The Cochrane Collaboration and its eponym, Archie Cochrane, have become symbols of this development, and Cochrane's book Effectiveness and Efficiency from 1972 is often referred to as the first sketch of what was to become EBM. In this article, we claim that this construction of EBM's historical roots is based on a selective reading of Cochrane's text. Through a close reading of this text, we show that the principal aim of modern EBM, namely to warrant clinical decisions based on evidence drawn from RCTs, is not part of Cochrane's original project. He had more modest ambitions for what RCTs can accomplish, and, more importantly, he was more concerned with care and equality than are his followers in the EBM movement. We try to reconstruct some of Cochrane's lost legacy and to articulate some of the important silences in Effectiveness and Efficiency. From these clues it might be possible, we argue, to remodel EBM in a broader, more pluralistic, more democratic and less authoritarian manner.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011037
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Capturing the worlds of multiple sclerosis: Hannah Laycock's photography
    • Authors: Bolaki; S.
      Pages: 47 - 54
      Abstract: This essay explores UK photographer Hannah Laycock's Awakenings and, to a lesser extent, Perceiving Identity that were created in 2015, following her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2013. It draws on scholarship by people with chronic illness while situating these two MS projects in the context of Laycock's earlier art and portrait photography dealing with fragility, image and desire, and power relations between subject and observer. The analysis illustrates how her evocative photography captures the lived or subjective experience of an invisible and often misunderstood condition by initially focusing on the tension between transparency and opacity in her work. It further shows how her images counter dominant didactic metaphors such as, ‘the body as machine’, that perpetuate the dehumanising and objectifying aspects of medical care. Subsequent sections trace the influence that Oliver Sacks has had on Laycock's practice, and reflect on other metaphors and tropes in Awakenings that illuminate the relationship between body and self in MS. The essay concludes by acknowledging the therapeutic power of art and calling upon health professionals to make more use of such artistic work in clinical practice.
      Keywords: Editor's choice
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011073
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Opposed to the being of Henrietta: bioslavery, pop culture and the third
           life of HeLa cells
    • Authors: Moore; M. R.
      Pages: 55 - 61
      Abstract: Operating at the intersection of thanatopolitics and African-American cultural studies, this essay argues that the commercial sale of HeLa-themed art and other bioproducts perpetuates the bioslavery of HeLa cells, a circumstance created by legal and medical discourses tracing back to US racial slavery. Racial slavery normalised economic, social and legal inequities that the nation continues to struggle with and, the article posits, laid foundation for the dynamics that currently exist between Henrietta Lacks' genealogical family, the HeLa cell line, and the medical-pharmaceutical establishment. The author turns to fashion ethics discourse and trademark law as potential sites for reparations.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011072
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Murder by the book: using crime fiction as a bibliotherapeutic resource
    • Authors: Brewster; L.
      Pages: 62 - 67
      Abstract: Crime is a popular genre of fiction, widely read but sometimes seen as ‘throwaway’. Disregarding this type of fiction because it is seen as low quality does not take into account its value to readers. Reading has been established as a means of improving mental health and well-being—often known as bibliotherapy. This often focuses on fiction considered to have literary merit rather than genre fiction like crime. However, in framing therapeutic reading in this way, the impact of texts considered to have low cultural value such as crime has been concealed. Examining readers’ responses as a starting point identifies some reasons why crime fiction fulfils a need. Readers in an empirical study spoke about the strong narrative as a distraction, the predictability as a comfort and the safe distance from events as a reassurance that left them feeling that reading crime fiction was a refuge from the world. In exploring readers’ responses in relation to the academic literature, the paper argues that there is a need to think differently about how readers engage with texts and how they experience reading as therapeutic, with a role for fiction like crime.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011069
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Grace Under Pressure: a drama-based approach to tackling mistreatment of
           medical students
    • Authors: Scott, K. M; Berlec, S, Nash, L, Hooker, C, Dwyer, P, Macneill, P, River, J, Ivory, K.
      Pages: 68 - 70
      Abstract: A positive and respectful learning environment is fundamental to the development of professional identities in healthcare. Yet medical students report poor behaviour from healthcare professionals that contradict professionalism teaching. An interdisciplinary group designed and implemented a drama-based workshop series, based on applied theatre techniques, to help students develop positive professional qualities and interpersonal skills to deal with challenges in the healthcare setting. We piloted the workshops at the University of Sydney in 2015. Attendees completed evaluation questionnaires and participated in a focus group or interview. Of 30 workshop attendances, there were 29 completed questionnaires and three participants attended a focus group or interview. Workshop activities were rated as ‘very good’ or ‘good’ by 21/22 (95.5%). Thematic analysis of qualitative data highlighted the rationale for participation (to deal with bullying, prevent becoming a bully, learn social skills), workshop benefits (express emotions, learn about status dynamics and deconstructing personalities, empathy, fun), challenges (meeting participants' expectations, participants' need for further practice) and implications for medical education (need to develop awareness of others' perspectives). Our research has shown that there is momentum to challenge mistreatment in medical education. While a multipronged approach is needed to generate systemic change, this pilot offers a positive and creative innovation. It helps students improve their interpersonal skills and sense of self to deal with challenges in the healthcare setting, including mistreatment.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011031
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
  • Employing imaginative rationality: using metaphor when discussing death
    • Authors: Llewellyn, R; Jaye, C, Egan, R, Cunningham, W, Young, J, Radue, P.
      Pages: 71 - 72
      Abstract: The prevalence of metaphors in medicine is widely acknowledged. In a qualitative study exploring expectations of longevity, we observed repeated recourse to the imaginative rationality provided by metaphors to express perspectives on longevity and death. Bafflement, acceptance, uncertainty and distress were conveyed through metaphors, providing valuable insight into the internal healthcare frameworks of participants. Skilful use of imaginative rationality in the healthcare setting may illuminate the elusive and often eschewed topic of death in a way that fosters clarity and new understandings, and pave the way towards a better life, and death for patients. By becoming aware of the nuances contained within patients'—as well as their own—metaphors, clinicians may enhance patients’ overall healthcare experience and avert unintended miscommunication.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T02:35:01-08:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011014
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 1 (2017)
       
 
 
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