1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Health and Media

Edited By Lester D. Friedman, Therese Jones Copyright 2023
    492 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Health and Media provides an extensive review and exploration of the myriad ways that health and media function as a symbiotic partnership that profoundly influences contemporary societies.

    A unique and significant volume in an expanding pedagogical field, this diverse collection of international, original, and interdisciplinary essays goes beyond issues of representation to engage in scholarly conversations about the web of networks that inextricably bind media and health to each other. Divided into sections on film, television, animation, photography, comics, advertising, social media, and print journalism, each chapter begins with a concrete text or texts, using it to raise more general and more theoretical issues about the medium in question. As such, this Handbook defines, expands, and illuminates the role that the humanities and arts play in the education and practice of healthcare professionals and in our understanding of health, illness, and disability.

    The Routledge Handbook of Health and Media is an invaluable reference for academics, students and health professionals engaged with cultural issues in media and medicine, popular representations of disease and disability, and the patient/professional health care encounter.

    Foreword. Danielle Ofri.

    Introduction: The Stories of our Lives: Narrative, Media, and HealthLester Friedman and Therese Jones.

    Part I: Print Media

    Chapter 1. ’Fish and Chips as an Excellent Food’: Newspapers, Nutrition and Government Neglect in 1930s Britain

    Marjorie Levine-Clark.

    Chapter 2. Breaking News: Medical Research Reporting and its Consequences

    Rae-Ellen Kavey.

    Chapter 3. Climate Health is Human Health: Working Through Eco-Anxiety with the Written Word in Print and Digital Media

    Carol-Ann Farkas and Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square

    Chapter 4. Health Zines: Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

    Deborah Lupton

    Part II: Photography

    Chapter 5. Photography on the Brain

    Alicia Chester

    Chapter 6. Power and Pictures on the Threshold of Life: Brain Death and Visual Culture

    Tim Seiber

    Chapter 7. Military Bodies, Healthy Bodies, Damaged Bodies in the Photography of August Sander

    Sander Gilman

    Chapter 8. Entangled Subjectivities in Lisa Lindvey’s Photographic Project Hold Together

    Agnese Sile

    Part III: Fiction Film

    Chapter 9. Brains for Hire: Exploring the Role of Psychiatric Consultancy in The Aviator

    Matt Selway

    Chapter 10. Recovering the Patient’s Voice: The Diagnostic Process from Early Modern History to Oliver Sacks

    Allison Kavey

    Chapter 11. Beneath the Covers: The Illness of Sex as Depicted in Film

    Julie Aultman

    Chapter 12. ʻStereotypes,’ Focalization and Modality: Mainstream Cinematic Images of Disability

    Nigel Morris

    Part IV: Documentary Film

    Chapter 13. From Corporate Discourse to Menstrual Equity?: A History of Menstruation Films Christie Milliken

    Chapter 14. Crip Wisdom in the Time of Insulin Crisis: Performing #insulinforall in Short Documentary Film

    Bianca Frazer

    Chapter 15. Aging Remixed: Intergenerational Storytelling in the Digital Realm

    Andrea Charise

    Chapter 16. Documenting the American Way of Dying: The Near Death Experience

    Barry Keith Grant

    Part V: Television

    Chapter 17. Early Pharmaceutical TV Ads and Medicalized Consumers

    Rebecca Burditt and Leah Shafer

    Chapter 18. Medical Horror Story: Realism, Reality, and the Real on Television

    Catherine Belling

    Chapter 19. Unhealthy Horrors: The Biopolitical Zombie in Twenty-First Century Film and Television

    Erik Larsen

    Chapter 20. The Category is LIVE!’: Transing Care and the Persistence of Queer Survival in F/X’s Pose

    JV Fuqua

    Part VI: Comics

    Chapter 21. Comics and the Health Humanities

    MK Czerwiec

    Chapter 22. Mad World-Building: Comics and OCD

    Ian Williams

    Chapter 23. ‘I found balance’: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Selected Graphic Medical Narratives

    Sathyaraj Venkatesan

    Chapter 24. Drawing Health Activism: Illness Politics and Prices of Care in Graphic AIDS Narratives

    Lisa Diedrich

    Part VII: Apps, Devices, and Wearables

    Chapter 25. On Mediating Women in Unsane Spaces

    Gillian Andrews and Lorenzo Servitje

    Chapter 26. Black Sites in the Matrix: Digital Psychiatric Power and Racialized Technologies

    Olivia Banner

    Chapter 27. Mobile Health and Its Problems: The Case of Hearing and Communication Apps

    Nicole Matthews

    Chapter 28. Data Visualization and Digital Contact Tracing Technology: Emerging Forms of Health Media

    Kirsten Ostherr

    Part VIII: Social Media

    Chapter 29. Paratext and Medical Authority in the World of the Internet

    Tod Chambers

    Chapter 30. Chronic Constellations: Instagrammatic Aesthetics and Crip Time

    Amanda Greene

    Chapter 31. Art Spaces, Performances, Podcasts: Community-Building in a Virtual Age

    Caroline Wellbery

    Afterword: Audience Construction and Health Care Storytelling in the Digital Age

    Joseph Turow



    Lester D. Friedman is Emeritus Professor of Media and Society from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His publications include: Cultural Sutures (ed.), Health Humanities Reader (co-editor) and The Picture of Health (co-editor). He has also written books on Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, American Jewish Cinema, genre theory, and Films of the 1970s. Currently, he is completing a book on Hollywood directors and composers.

    Therese (Tess) Jones is Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities; Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; and Professor in the Department of Medicine. The editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities; lead editor of the Health Humanities Reader; and co-editor of the Handbook on Health and Media, she has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts; literature, film and medicine; and medical education.