1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Medical Humanities

Edited By Bleakley Alan Copyright 2019
    468 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This authoritative new handbook offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the state of the medical humanities globally, showing how clinically oriented medical humanities, the critical study of medicine as a global historical and cultural phenomenon, and medicine as a force for cultural change can inform each other.

    Composed of eight parts, the Routledge Handbook of the Medical Humanities looks at the medical humanities as:

    • a network and system
    • therapeutic
    • provocation
    • forms of resistance
    • a way of reconceptualising the medical curriculum
    • concerned with performance and narrative
    • mediated by artists as diagnosticians of culture through public engagement.

    This book describes how the medical humanities can be used in and out of clinical settings, acting as a point of resistance, redistributing medicine’s capital amongst its stakeholders, embracing the complexity of medical instances, shaping medical education, promoting interdisciplinary understandings and recognising an identity for the medical humanities as a network effect. This book is an essential read for all students, scholars and practitioners with an interest in the medical humanities.


    The Medical Humanities: A Mixed Weather Front on a Global Scale

    Alan Bleakley

    Medical humanities as networks, systems and translations

    1 A Dose of Empathy from my Syrian Doctor

    Randi Davenport

    2 The Cultural Crossings of Care: A Call for Translational Medical Humanities

    Julia Kristeva, Marie Rose Moro, John Ødemark, Eivind Engebretsen

    3 Medical Work in Transition: Toward Collaborative and Transformative Expertise

    Yrjö Engeström

    4 Health, Health Care and Health Education: Problems, Paradigms, and Patterns

    Stewart Mennin, Glenda Eoyang, Mary Nations

    Democratising medicine: the medical humanities as forms of resistance

    5 The State of the Union: Rigour and Responsibility in US Health Humanities

    Tess Jones, Delese Wear

    6 The Cutting Edge: Health Humanities for Equity and Social Justice

    Arno Kumagai, Thirusha Naidu

    7 Geography as Engaged Medical-Health-Humanities

    Courtney Donovan, Sarah de Leeuw

    8 Challenging Heteronormativity in Medicine

    William J Robertson

    9 Medical Nemesis 40 Years On: The Enduring Legacy of Ivan Illich

    Seamus O’Mahony

    10 Hospitaland

    Jefferson Wong

    Medicine’s metaphors and rhetoric

    11 Don’t Breathe a Word: A Psychoanalysis of Medicine’s Inflations

    Alan Bleakley

    12 Metaphor as Art – A Thought Experiment

    Anita Wohlmann

    13 The Practice of Metaphor

    Shane Neilson

    14 Medical Slang: Symptom or Solution?

    Nicole M Piemonte

    15 Ageism and Rhetoric

    Judy Z Segal

    16 The Rhetorical Possibilities of a Multi-metaphorical View of Clinical Supervision

    Lorelei Lingard, Mark Goldszmidt

    17 Narratives of Anti-Vaccination

    Katherine Shwetz

    18 Thought Curfew: Empathy’s Endgame?

    David Cotterrell

    Medicine as performance and public engagement

    19 The Performing Arts in Medicine and Medical Education

    Claire Hooker, James Dalton

    20 A Manifesto for Artists’ Books & the Medical Humanities

    Stella Bolaki

    21 Grasping Emergency Care through Pop Culture: The Truths and Lies of Film, Television

    and Other Video Based Media

    Henry Curtis

    22 Who is the Audience for Medical/ Health Humanities?

    Suzy Willson, Pamela Brett-Maclean, Bella Eacott

    23 Desire Imagination Action: Theatre of the Oppressed in Medical Education

    Ravi Ramaswamy, Radha Ramaswamy

    24 Zombie Sickness: Contagious Ideas in Performance

    Martin O’Brien, Gianna Bouchard

    25 The Masks of Uncertainty

    Cara Martin

    Embodiment and disembodiment

    26 Nobody’s Home

    Susan Bleakley

    27 Ecstasy

    Alphonso Lingis

    28 Relationships that Matter: Embodying Absent Kinships in the Japanese Child Welfare


    Kathryn E Goldfarb

    29 Still Alice? Ethical Aspects of Conceptualising Selfhood in Dementia

    Kristin Zeiler, Lisa Folkmarson Käll

    30 Body Maps: Reframing Embodied Experiences through Ethnography and Art

    Cari Costanzo

    31 Perspectives on Olfaction in Medical Culture

    Crispian Neill

    The medical humanities in medical education

    32 The ‘Awe-full’ Fascination of Pathology

    Quentin Eichbaum, Gil Pena, Leonard White, Gwinyai Masukume

    33 Balancing Bioethics by Sensing the Aesthetic

    Paul Macneill

    34 Medical Humanities Online: Experiences from South Africa

    Steve Reid, Susan Levine

    35 "Your effort was great/ You carried me nine months": The Birth of Medical Humanities

    in Ethiopia

    Part I: ‘Your effort was great’

    Ian Fussell

    Part II: Spices and Hard Questions

    Robert Marshall

    36 Medical Humanities in Canadian Medical Schools: Progress, Challenges and


    Allan Peterkin, Natalie Beausoleil, Monica Kidd, Bahar Orang, Hesam Noroozi,

    Pamela Brett-MacLean

    The patient will see you now

    37 Can We Make Empathy More Intelligent? Try Social Empathy!

    Caroline Wellbery

    38 A Letter from Marijke Boucherie to Alan Bleakley

    Marijke Boucherie

    39 Health Humanities: A Democratising Future Beyond Medical Humanities

    Paul Crawford, Brian Brown

    40 Doctors Need Safe Confessional and Cathartic Spaces. What We Learned From the

    Research Project: ‘People Talking: Digital Dialogues for Mutual Recovery’

    Jon Allard, Michael Wilson, Alan Bleakley

    41 All Thanks to the Words of a Stranger (an homage to the UK’s National Health Service)

    Sophie Holloway

    Overview: celebrating the Persian Flaw

    42 Negotiating Research in the Medical Humanities

    Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis, Ayelet Kuper, Cynthia Whitehead


    Alan Bleakley is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education and Medical Humanities at Plymouth University’s Peninsula School of Medicine, UK, and Visiting Scholar at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, Canada. He is immediate past president of the Association for Medical Humanities Council.