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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
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: 1)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
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: 5)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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: 10)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
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: 8)
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: 26)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
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: 4)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 57)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dorsal Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     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: 39)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
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: 8)
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: 26)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 27)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
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: 13)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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: 18)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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: 2)
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: 7)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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: 12)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
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: 21)
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: 5)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
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   (Followers: 1)
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: 31)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access  
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 21)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
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: 2)
Medical Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
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: 35)
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)
Mneme - Revista de Humanidades     Open Access  
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
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: 12)

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Journal Cover Medical Humanities
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   ISSN (Print) 1468-215X - ISSN (Online) 1473-4265
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  • Arachnoid Mater
    • Authors: Dmytriw A. A.
      Abstract: unforgettable but         beyond                           recollectiona single sanguine sampledeclares its delinquency    dolor rubor       the fulmination inside her head           crimson crawling along her silken web             wracking nerves           a family waits, wonders, and bargains    inside, strangers purport to understandhumans and their humours they hopeanatomy, capricious as it is, will nowpermit them entryanaesthesia standing by, Neith reminds them yet again      a moment astray and the web is unwound          they bate their breaths so that she may breatheCompeting interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011204
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Flutterings
    • Authors: Medford A. R.
      Abstract: A fullness in the neck,a slight fluttering of the heart,a warmness of the skin.No need for coats or heating.And then the crescendo of the flutterings,all goes quiet with the feeling of beingremoved and disconnected from the body.All energy seeped out now.The pill is swallowed and abstinence follows.And gradually, the crescendos lessen;we are now in the second movement of this concerto,diminuendo or andante perhaps'Further visits for the jelly but the nemesis remains,hidden from the waves. Beware the silence now,as the flutterings may return at any timewith renewed vigour. Be vigilant for vivaceas andante may not last forever.Will this concerto ever end'Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011220
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Pillow talk
    • Authors: Sun J.
      Abstract: "The parents of my 28-week preemie twins stopped me in the garage". He broke the sleepy and blissful silence. She knew it would be another sad story. "They pleaded with me to decide which one to let go, for lack of money". "Mom-and-wife-drowning-at-the-same-time situation'" "Yep, a close contest". Yet, this time, the dreadful question was not asked by the jealous wife, but by a poverty-stricken couple, who believed that he could save the day, as he had done before. But they never knew their helplessness, desperation, trust, artlessness, or whatever, were drowning another human soul alive. BioJiena Sun received her PhD in American Contemporary Literature, with a special focus on physician writers, from SUNY-Binghamton in 2012. She is an associate professor in the English Department of Wuhan University, PR China. She has published in Medical Humanities, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies and other Chinese journals. Her dissertation...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011207
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Bedside manner
    • Authors: Passmore M. J.
      Abstract: Then there came a time when my body was set free by the lost memory of my mother's loving eyes, my body set free to glide high riding impossibly silent flowing snowy slopes, my body set free to slide skinny slip-stream strokes through black and frigid crater lakes. Set free by a memory or was it just wishful thinking and not a lost memory at all, not lost like the riding and sliding. So now here I lie convinced that I am ready to die, quivering butterfly wings pinned to crisp white linens. Here you come now to my side, a newborn's cry meeting mother eye-to-eye. What is this gift that you ask of precious me like a beggar kneeling beside my bed holding my hand you say I love you and I will stay here with you. Competing interestsNone Provenance and peer reviewNot...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011232
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • White coat
    • Authors: Sajja A.
      Abstract: Its feigned objectivitycrisply ironed with the cost of ignorance.Unstainedby the wearer's lack of intention.Far from pure ––with calculated aloofness.How soon it forgets,though rarely forgivesour shared history.Priding the consumer's needin its sustenance and power.Its fabric no longer delicately wovenfrom dreams of multicolored shepherdsset free,seeking to heal.Now mass produced,fit to providefor an economy of its kind.Forgetting that without you,I am not.May wrinkles and stains fall upon it,graceful reminders of its truth.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011238
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Paroxysms
    • Authors: Medford; A. R. L.
      Abstract: A whimsical bark to start, a slight whistle accompanies, a burning in the windpipe. No respecter of Morpheus. The barks continue as paroxysms, Becoming more and more frequent, Poco a poco crescendo Until all goes quiet A feeling of eerie hiatus The pills are swallowed. The paroxysms eventually begin to dwindle; But not before another crescendo; Will it ever end' The nemetic flute returns, leader of the orchestra. Beware any silence now, as Morpheus may never return. The paroxysms finally pass, time for Morpheus to return now; the flute and orchestra take their leave The opus has concluded. I suffered from pertussis pneumonia. The symptoms were unpredictable, uncontrollable at times and frightening taking several weeks to subside despite antibiotics. I wrote the poem "paroxysms" after one attack of whooping at night. Dr Medford lives and works as a respiratory consultant in Bristol, UK. ...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011245
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Chief complaint: "He predicts earthquakes"
    • Authors: Louie R.
      Abstract: Everyone working there, except the pediatrician, spoke two or more languages. For each young patient, staff would crystallize the medical issue, a terse "chief complaint," using the parents' own words, on why they were bothering to see a Western doctor, even when the children didn't, wouldn't or couldn't complain for themselves. It's a parent's concern, via a native vernacular, through an interpreter's ear, twisted with some medical phrasing, a flashing linguistic triple flip, leaving the doctor to decipher the situation for clinical intervention, one further contortion in the tumbling run, with the full expectation of a two footed landing. And this young one predicted earthquakes. Taller and chubbier than expected, the child hovered outside the door, apparently shy about entering the exam room, already crowded with adults: his mother, an aunt, an interpreter and a doctor. He reportedly described earthquakes often; his uncanny timing with the...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011227
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Handsome cat
    • Authors: Dueck K.
      Abstract: Cocooned in her blanketShe asks againIf I've seen the kitten's photoFramed at her bedsideHe's a big tabby nowAnd you should see his markingsYou should see him nowHe is such a handsome catAll alone in a four bed wardHer youth stolen by tainted bloodNow cancer invades herAll alone, no one visitsOncology promised to assess herNo notes in the chartThey haven't comeWe remind them once againWith each dayHer will drainsShe barely eatsAnd it growsTwice moreWe do our danceAs her walker gathers dustAs hope fadesHave you seen him'You should see him nowYou should see his markingsHe's such a handsome catCompeting interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011254
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Atrophy
    • Authors: Lee R. C.
      Abstract: Before there was red, there was orange.A generation of quiet that lived pale by comparison,the 1950s were muted.Dramatics were hidden.Mystery was timeless.The frenetic was only for youth.Orange was a presence that shot straight from elastic into a future that hoped for heaven.Into living room rugs and 70’s furniture,an intensity took its place.Orange was not enough.Its colour, faded. Its ambition, muddled.Its pallor, too tarnished to blush.In a stratagem to overthrow what was once alive and above,a new generation took place."Mom, it’s not a retirement home, it’s a village.A community. A life of recumbent safety"Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011246
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • On Amyloid Protein
    • Authors: Zaidi D.
      Abstract: I watch your eyes tracing my face.Furrowed brows suggest blurred image.Slow, slow, not in haste—Mine is a forgotten visage,Erased like tales of the village,You fondly shared, from where you came.I watch your eyes tracing my face,And pray you will recall my name.Your calloused hands will think of mine:"We have held these some other place!"The embers of your past will flame—And I will hear and help to heal,Waiting for signal or for sign.Slow, slow, with hands to feel—As I carry onward, blind,Hoping that which I seek, I find.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      Keywords: Neurology
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011251
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Immortal
    • Authors: Shepherd; A. M. N.
      Abstract: My telomeres are endless,Nanobots course through my blood,Not a cyborg,No 3D-printer organ curiosities,Evolution speculation,Imagined.On ethical dunes that scatter and reform,Tenuous bindings from your unenlightened age,Your history leads to me,You wanted me,Yearned for me.Know all you create,I am You,   A creator,      A destroyer,         In perpetua.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011225
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Tonio: Telling Time
    • Authors: Louie, R; Louie, R.
      Abstract: What did he already know, straddling his mother’s broad lap, hiding his face, listening at our halting and stuttering and murmuring babble, the nonsensical sounds of statistics and ‘choices’ rushing like noise, perplexing his parents past their own understanding, shifting from one leg to the other, unfathomed, watching the waters well up around him, then spill, Of the future, for the first time foreseen, far from the red-and-blue striped swingsets and the ants and the pebbles at the playground, far from the bright candy wrappers at the deli, and his mother’s silken neck, where he loved to rub his hot cheek' Tonio turned, eyes wide, cried and clung a while, his tears obscuring the flood of our own fears. Slowly the quietness of the small room returned. He had spied the box of silly, tattered toys; he wanted them, right now, endearing just for the present, silent...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011277
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • New way of seeing
    • Authors: Schillace B.
      Pages: 139 - 140
      Abstract: The cover of our September issue features a detail from Jacques Fabien Gautier d’Agoty’s Mylologie complette. I have had the good fortune to see many of Gautier’s works at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, and the even better luck of teaching courses through their use. The students might read Frankenstein (a work preparing to celebrate its 200th birthday), and they might see anatomies of the body online, or listen to me speak at length about the value of early anatomists to the medical future. But it wasn’t until our hands-on class, where white-gloved students could see the highly coloured Gautier in person, that the message became clear. One of the anatomies displays the body in full, high colour, still deeply penetrating—and seven feet in length. The hushed whisper around the room: it’s a person, isn’t it' The body, only yet in two-dimensions, became real. This is a colourful...
      Keywords: Editor's choice
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011341
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • The ghost of pandemics past: revisiting two centuries of influenza in
    • Authors: Holmberg M.
      Pages: 141 - 147
      Abstract: Previous influenza pandemics are usually invoked in pandemic preparedness planning without a thorough analysis of the events surrounding them, what has been called the ‘configuration’ of epidemics. Historic pandemics are instead used to contrast them to the novelty of the coming imagined plague or as fear of a ghost-like repetition of the past. This view of pandemics is guided by a biomedical framework that is ahistorical and reductionist. The meaning of ‘pandemic’ influenza is in fact highly ambiguous in its partitioning of pandemic and seasonal influenza. The past 200 years of influenza epidemics in Sweden are examined with a special focus on key social structures—households, schools, transportations and the military. These are shown to have influenced the progression of influenza pandemics. Prevailing beliefs around influenza pandemics have also profoundly influenced intervention strategies. Measuring long-term trends in pandemic severity is problematic because pandemics are non-linear events where the conditions surrounding them constantly change. However, in a linearised view, the Spanish flu can be seen to represent a historical turning point and the H1N1 2009 pandemic not as an outlier, but following a 100-year trend of decreasing severity. Integrating seasonal and pandemic influenza, and adopting an ecosocial stance can deepen our understanding and bring the ghost-like pandemic past to life.
      Keywords: Open access
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011023
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • From Face/Off to the face race: the case of Isabelle Dinoire and the
           future of the face transplant
    • Authors: Bound Alberti F.
      Pages: 148 - 154
      Abstract: Isabelle Dinoire, the world's first face transplant recipient has died, 11 years after the procedure that brought her unwanted fame and media attention. While medical debates centre mainly on ethical and medical concerns like immunosuppressant use, the psychological hazards of face transplants are still being overlooked. Using medical and media reports and examining the gendering of clinical and patient narratives, this article argues we need to look again at face transplants and their motivation for individuals as well as society.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011113
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • A comparative study of cognitive behavioural therapy and shared reading
           for chronic pain
    • Authors: Billington, J; Farrington, G, Lampropoulou, S, Lingwood, J, Jones, A, Ledson, J, McDonnell, K, Duirs, N, Humphreys, A.-L.
      Pages: 155 - 165
      Abstract: The case for psychosocial interventions in relation to chronic pain, one of the most common health issues in contemporary healthcare, is well-established as a means of managing the emotional and psychological difficulties experienced by sufferers. Using mixed methods, this study compared a standard therapy for chronic pain, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), with a specific literature-based intervention, shared reading (SR) developed by national charity, The Reader. A 5-week CBT group and a 22-week SR group for patients with chronic pain ran in parallel, with CBT group members joining the SR group after the completion of CBT. In addition to self-report measures of positive and negative affect before and after each experience of the intervention, the 10 participants kept twice-daily (12-hourly) pain and emotion diaries. Qualitative data were gathered via literary-linguistic analysis of audio/video-recordings and transcriptions of the CBT and SR sessions and video-assisted individual qualitative interviews with participants. Qualitative evidence indicates SR's potential as an alternative or long-term follow-up or adjunct to CBT in bringing into conscious awareness areas of emotional pain otherwise passively suffered by patients with chronic pain. In addition, quantitative analysis, albeit of limited pilot data, indicated possible improvements in mood/pain for up to 2 days following SR. Both findings lay the basis for future research involving a larger sample size.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011047
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Bioethics and imagination: towards a narrative bioethics committed to
           social action and justice
    • Authors: Manchola Castillo, C. H; Solbakk, J. H.
      Pages: 166 - 171
      Abstract: Recently, the involvement of various authors coming from the social sciences and the arts has reinforced the humanistic component of bioethics. Their contributions vary from very theoretical perspectives to rather practical ones. In this paper, Martha Nussbaum's books, The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Love's Knowledge (1990), Cultivating Humanity (1997) and Creating Capabilities (2011) are analysed from the vantage point of narrative bioethics. It is argued that Nussbaum's notions of ‘Narrative’, ‘Imagination’ and ‘Cultivation’ open up the possibility of developing an action-oriented form of narrative bioethics, that is, a bioethics committed to social action and justice.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011079
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • A deep ethics for mental difference and disability: the 'case of Vincent
           van Gogh
    • Authors: Lewis B.
      Pages: 172 - 176
      Abstract: Despite a growing prevalence of mental illness diagnoses and treatments, there remains remarkable interpretive diversity regarding the meaning of these diagnoses and their implication for mental healthcare. Humanities scholarship devoted to language, power and ethical cares of the self provides invaluable tools for navigating interpretive diversity in this domain. This scholarship suggests that ethical questions of informed consent regarding mental difference and disability go much deeper than the usual standards. Ethical questions of informed consent go back to the very language choices people use to narrate and navigate the mental difference or disability. Making these ethical choices between different ways of understanding psychic difference is fundamentally about making narrative and lifestyle choices. This article considers these issues in the context of the many interpretations of Vincent van Gogh's life and their ongoing relevance for contemporary approaches to mental difference and disability.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011135
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Narrative empathy and illness memoirs: Arthur Frank's At the Will of the
           Body and Kathlyn Conway's Ordinary Life
    • Authors: Baena R.
      Pages: 177 - 184
      Abstract: This article analyses the concept of narrative empathy in illness memoirs. These texts negotiate the narrative identity of an autobiographer as he or she recounts the disruptive experience of illness, an experience in which physical and emotional traces dramatically and definitively shape our sense of self. While narrative emotions are certainly deployed in these autobiographies in order to connect with the readers and promote social change, this empathic connection is not so much aimed at arousing compassion but rather more positive emotions on the experience of illness. I will explore the emotional representations of cancer in Arthur Frank's At the Will of the Body (1991) and Kathlyn Conway's Ordinary Life: A Memoir of Illness (1997), focusing on the identity strategies these authors use in order to become affirmative models of disability and illness, showing the damaging effects not of disease or impairment but, rather, of the cultural mythologies that interpret those conditions in reductive or disparaging ways.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011052
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • 'Deal with It. Name It: the diagnostic moment in film
    • Authors: Jutel, T; Jutel, A.
      Pages: 185 - 191
      Abstract: The moment a serious diagnosis is announced creates an important crisis for a patient, as it shifts their sense of self and of their future potential. This essay discusses the creative representation and use of this diagnostic moment in film narratives. Using Still Alice, A Late Quartet, Wit and Cléo from 5 to 7 as examples, we describe how each of these uses the diagnostic moment in relation to narrative construction and characterisation in recognisable ways. We associate the diagnostic moment with certain narrative and visual devices that are frequently implemented in films as means for character development, and for managing the audience's empathy. This is the case whether or not the diagnosis is contested or accepted, and whether the diagnostic moment is the frame for the narrative, or a closing device. By analysing its representation in film, we emphasise the cultural significance of diagnosis as a life-transforming event.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011138
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • The art of medicine: arts-based training in observation and mindfulness
           for fostering the empathic response in medical residents
    • Authors: Zazulak, J; Sanaee, M, Frolic, A, Knibb, N, Tesluk, E, Hughes, E, Grierson, L. E. M.
      Pages: 192 - 198
      Abstract: Empathy is an essential attribute for medical professionals. Yet, evidence indicates that medical learners' empathy levels decline dramatically during medical school. Training in evidence-based observation and mindfulness has the potential to bolster the acquisition and demonstration of empathic behaviours for medical learners. In this prospective cohort study, we explore the impact of a course in arts-based visual literacy and mindfulness practice (Art of Seeing) on the empathic response of medical residents engaged in obstetrics and gynaecology and family medicine training. Following this multifaceted arts-based programme that integrates the facilitated viewing of art and dance, art-making, and mindfulness-based practices into a practitioner-patient context, 15 resident trainees completed the previously validated Interpersonal Reactivity Index, Compassion, and Mindfulness Scales. Fourteen participants also participated in semistructured interviews that probed their perceived impacts of the programme on their empathic clinical practice. The results indicated that programme participants improved in the Mindfulness Scale domains related to self-confidence and communication relative to a group of control participants following the arts-based programme. However, the majority of the psychometric measures did not reveal differences between groups over the duration of the programme. Importantly, thematic qualitative analysis of the interview data revealed that the programme had a positive impact on the participants' perceived empathy towards colleagues and patients and on the perception of personal and professional well-being. The study concludes that a multifaceted arts-based curriculum focusing on evidence-based observation and mindfulness is a useful tool in bolstering the empathic response, improving communication, and fostering professional well-being among medical residents.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011180
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Can narrative medicine education contribute to the delivery of
           compassionate care' A review of the literature
    • Authors: Barber, S; Moreno-Leguizamon, C. J.
      Pages: 199 - 203
      Abstract: Introduction Narrative Medicine has emerged as a discipline from within the medical humanities1 and takes inspiration from philosophy, literature, poetry, art and social sciences theories. In particular, it is underpinned by philosophical approaches such as phenomenology, postmodernism and narratology, proposing that clinicians must attend to the lived experience of their patients and apply the science to the person.2 Meanwhile, the link between medicine and literature is evident in the growing volume of texts written about professionals', or lay people's experiences of illness and disease.3–8 In exploring this link further, Charon9 has contributed greatly to consolidate the theory of Narrative Medicine. She defines it as ‘medicine practiced with the narrative competencies to recognise, absorb, interpret and be moved by the stories of illness’.9 She suggests that, in exploring texts...
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011242
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • I cut therefore I am' Avoiding labels in the context of self-injury
    • Authors: Lewis S. P.
      Pages: 204 - 204
      Abstract: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) represents a critical global health concern. While our understanding of NSSI has evolved dramatically over past two decades,1 the language used to refer to those who self-injure has not. Terms such as self-injurer and self-harmer continue to be used throughout the empirical literature2 and likely in clinical settings. From a humanistic standpoint, these referents may perpetuate unhelpful discourses and exacerbate the stigma that many individuals already experience by labelling and ostensibly equating them with the behaviour enacted. Indeed, guidelines have been offered to improve and offer a more socially judicious nomenclature when referring to those who experience mental health difficulties (eg, avoiding terms such as schizophrenic). However, the use of self-injurer or self-harmer fail cohere with such efforts. Clinically, these terms may be inadequate and impractical in the sense that they seemingly connote similarity across individuals who self-injure by grouping them together....
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011221
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Wandering the hallways of my mind.: Reflections of a demented person.
    • Authors: Salib S.
      Pages: 205 - 205
      Abstract: Wandering the hallways of my mind.I am lost.Searching,Familiarity and mystery lie waiting around every corner. But which corner'Wandering.Shadows of a face I once knew so well,Figures shrouded in the mists of time,Fading beyond the reach of an outstretched arm.Wandering.The soft patter of little feet,The gentle curve of a reluctant smile,The warm tears of unkind years,Wandering.Wandering the hallways of my mind.Wandering,Wandering,Wandering.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011183
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
  • Authority
    • Authors: Golomski C.
      Pages: 206 - 206
      Abstract: Who writes the scriptand sets in motion theinterdependent dialogue'It cannot be unwrittenuntil eyelids close.Who authors the script'It cannot be monographic.The bard's hand should be writingcarefully, covetingthe lines of the patient speaker.This script is rewrittenevery 30 days or more, andour small cast replays it:agonist and receptor,and spectator.There's no stage, and still I hearfootlit steps—moored depressors—here and therea grain of sandin skittish undertow.Competing interestsNone declared.Provenance and peer reviewNot commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T00:56:32-07:00
      DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011194
      Issue No: Vol. 43, No. 3 (2017)
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