Mental Health Memoirs in the Indian Medical Humanities Classroom

Sree Lekshmi M S and Aratrika Das reflect on the value of incorporating mental health memoirs within the Indian medical humanities classroom.

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Massively Disabled 1: Welcome to Base Camp

In the first post of an ongoing monthly series on The Polyphony exploring podcasting practice in the medical humanities, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril introduces “Massively Disabled: A Long COVID Research Podcast” and welcomes you behind the scenes and into the bunker…

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Colonialism as a Tool for Investigation in Healthcare

MedHums 101: The concept of colonialism can solve problems of intersectionality in medical humanities research, says Samuel Yosef.

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Reading Bodies in European Literatures and Cultures

Katharine Murphy introduces her new project, “Reading Bodies”, and reflects on what languages and non-anglophone literature, particularly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have to offer the field.

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The kaleidoscopic value of neuroqueer knowledges

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Uncertain Household Objects

Brooke Bastie uses poetic form to imaginatively illustrate the uncertainty, repetition, and compulsion that pervades her experience of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). From uncertainty curdles a certainty often unnoticed. What I mean is that in

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A Series of Disparate Discomforts: Practice Research with Chronic Illness

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