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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In the second of our Animals in Medicine series, Renelle McGlacken invites us to think about the moral legitimacy of animal research through the lens of vulnerability. The moral legitimacy of animal research can

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Thinking with Non-human Animals in the Medical Humanities

In the first post of our Animals in Medicine series, Camille Bellet asks us to look beyond the human-centric instrumentalisation of animals in both health research and critical medical humanities scholarship. Take a close

Les humanités médicales françaises: input, debates and challenges

Claire Jeantils discusses the medical humanities in France and highlights what the French epistemological and pedagogical traditions might bring to the field.

‘Caught red handed’: Guilty Contagion in the 21st century

Teresa Ingleby explores the intersections of pathology and personhood in the 21st century, discussing neoliberal constructions of health, agency, and identity in self-accounts of sickness. Historically, sickness and morality have been causally entwined. Predating

Olfactory Overload: Knowing the Neurodivergent Nose

Kim Crowder recounts, discusses, and explores neurodiversity and a heightened sensitivity to smell. Olfactory: Of or pertaining to the sense of smell; concerned with smelling. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. My first post-pandemic train

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‘Swimming to Recovery’: Polio in 20th Century Belfast

Hannah Brown shares the oral histories of two polio survivors from Belfast, demonstrating how the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship (NIPF) helped promote a social conscience around disability.

Selective Abortion: Involving People with Down’s Syndrome in the Conversation

Amy Redhead discusses the ethical necessity of involving people with Down’s Syndrome (DS) in discussions of, and debates around, selective abortion (SA). Bioethical debates surrounding Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21) have taken up space in

Manifesto for a Multilingual Medical Humanities

Steven Wilson reflects on the importance of linguistic sensitivity in the medical humanities.

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Practice Research: Gothic Fiction for Postpartum Psychosis

Georgia Poplett discusses her PhD research methodology, developing original novel-writing as academic discourse in order to expand cultural dialogue around postpartum psychosis.