What’s it like to have ADHD?

David Ellis reflects on ADHD and the language - and judgements - around it. ‘But you said for me to write a couple of lines’, I protest as the teacher

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Contagious! Visiting an Exhibition on Epidemic Diseases

What do objects from a bygone age tell us about epidemics today? Since opening in June, the exhibition Contagious! reflects on the history of pandemics, including patients’ painful experiences, coping and containment strategies, and examples of ground-breaking medical research. Ruben Verwaal reports on his recent visit.

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‘Creating Romantic Obsession’: Book Review

Sierra Moreno reviews Kathleen Béres Rogers' Creating Romantic Obsession: Scorpions in the Mind (Palgrave Macmillan: 2019) Francisco Goya's 1799 etching The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, No. 43 of his Los Caprichos

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Becoming an Image

Being a patient today increasingly means being an image. Liz Orton’s new artist’s book, Every Body is an Archive, takes the medical image as a site of critical enquiry to explore questions of ownership, language and power within the clinical encounter. Polyphony editor Fiona Johnstone met with Liz Orton to talk about the book, the centrality of image-making to medical practice, and how right now is a radical moment for the clinical gaze.

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