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    Phenomenologically-Informed Cancer Care: An Entryway into the Art of Medicine.Casey Rentmeester, Mark Bake & Amy Riemer - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 2022:1-11.
    There has been increased interest in what the philosophical subdiscipline of phenomenology can contribute to medical humanities due to its dual emphases on practicality and its attempt to understand the experience of others, thus positioning it as a potentially helpful conceptual toolkit to guide clinical care. Using various figures from the phenomenological tradition, most prominently Martin Heidegger and Martin Buber, the authors illuminate relevant philosophical concepts, employ them in various examples, and provide three principles revolving around empathy, communication, and listening (...)
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    Tragic Affirmation: Disability Beyond Optimism and Pessimism.Thomas Abrams & Brent Adkins - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):117-128.
    Tragedy is a founding theme in disability studies. Critical disability studies have, since their inception, argued that understandings of disability as tragedy obscure the political dimensions of disability and are a barrier facing disabled persons in society. In this paper, we propose an affirmative understanding of tragedy, employing the philosophical works of Nietzsche, Spinoza and Hasana Sharp. Tragedy is not, we argue, something to be opposed by disability politics; we can affirm life within it. To make our case, we look (...)
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    Voices from the Newspaper Club: Patient Life at a State Psychiatric Hospital.Emily Beckman, Elizabeth Nelson & Modupe Labode - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):179-195.
    The authors conducted a qualitative analysis of thirty-seven issues of The DDU Review, a newsletter produced by residents of the Dual Diagnosis Unit, a residential unit for people who had diagnoses of developmental disability and serious mental illness in the Central State Hospital. The analysis of the newsletters produced between September 1988 and June 1992 revealed three major themes: 1) the mundane; 2) good behavior; and 3) advocacy. Contrary to the authors’ expectations, the discourse of medicalization—such as relations with physicians, (...)
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    Pain Studies by Lisa Olstein, New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2021.Jack Coulehan - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):201-203.
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    In/Fertile Monsters: The Emancipatory Significance of Representations of Women on Infertility Reality TV.Marjolein Lotte de Boer, Cristina Archetti & Kari Nyheim Solbraekke - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):11-26.
    Reality TV is immensely popular, and various shows in this media genre involve a storyline of infertility and infertility treatment. Feminists argue that normative and constructed realities about infertility and infertility treatment, like those in reality TV, are central to the emancipation of women. Such realities are able to steer viewers' perceptions of the world. This article examines the emancipatory significance of representations of women on 'infertility reality TV shows'. While the women in these shows all have 'abnormal' qualities, we (...)
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  6. The Therapeutic Approach to Military Culture: A Music Therapist’s Perspective.Nicole Drozd - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):169-177.
    Culture can broadly be defined as “the values, norms, and assumptions that guide human action”. In contrast with the broader civilian society, the experiences and environments within the military community create a unique cultural subset. The United States armed forces are unified by their primary mission to provide external defense, security, and protection, and each branch shares a unique core set of values and norms. Because this culture is so complex and unique, it can sometimes be a challenge for many (...)
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    Narrative Humility and Parasite, Directed by Bong Joon Ho, 2019.Yoshiko Iwai - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):197-199.
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    Saadat Hasan Manto, Partition, and Mental Illness Through the Lens of Toba Tek Singh.Tahir Jokinen & Shershah Assadullah - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):89-94.
    “Toba Tek Singh,” which describes the exchange of mental asylum inmates between India and Pakistan in the wake of partition, was perhaps Saadat Hasan Manto’s most well-known short story. Manto’s work was coloured by his experience of mental illness, including alcohol addiction and possible depressive disorder. This essay attempts to use “Toba Tek Singh” as a lens through which to shine an integrative light on the role of mental illness in Manto’s work and life, by discussing his personal experiences, themes (...)
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  9. Saadat Hasan Manto, Partition, and Mental Illness through the Lens of Toba Tek Singh.Tahir Jokinen & Shershah Assadullah - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):89-94.
    “Toba Tek Singh,” which describes the exchange of mental asylum inmates between India and Pakistan in the wake of partition, was perhaps Saadat Hasan Manto’s most well-known short story. Manto’s work was coloured by his experience of mental illness, including alcohol addiction and possible depressive disorder. This essay attempts to use “Toba Tek Singh” as a lens through which to shine an integrative light on the role of mental illness in Manto’s work and life, by discussing his personal experiences, themes (...)
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  10. Saadat Hasan Manto, Partition, and Mental Illness through the Lens of Toba Tek Singh.Tahir Jokinen & Shershah Assadullah - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):89-94.
    “Toba Tek Singh,” which describes the exchange of mental asylum inmates between India and Pakistan in the wake of partition, was perhaps Saadat Hasan Manto’s most well-known short story. Manto’s work was coloured by his experience of mental illness, including alcohol addiction and possible depressive disorder. This essay attempts to use “Toba Tek Singh” as a lens through which to shine an integrative light on the role of mental illness in Manto’s work and life, by discussing his personal experiences, themes (...)
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    Dirty Bread, Forced Feeding, and Tea Parties: The Uses and Abuses of Food in Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylums.Madeline Bourque Kearin - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):95-116.
    Nineteenth-century psychiatrists ascribed to a model of health that was predicated on the existence of objective and strictly defined laws of nature. The allegedly “natural” rules governing the production of consumption of food, however, were structured by a set of distinctively bourgeois moral values that demonized over-indulgence and intemperance, encouraged self-discipline and productivity, and treated gentility as an index of social worth. Accordingly, the asylum acted not only as a therapeutic instrument but also as a moral machine that was designed (...)
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    Authorship in the Medical Humanities: Breaking Cross-Field Boundaries or Maintaining Disciplinary Divides?Róisín King, Jana Al-Khabouri, Brendan Kelly & Desmond O’Neill - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):65-71.
    PurposeMedical humanities is a field which implies collaborative work across disciplines although the degree to which this actually occurs is unknown. Our purpose was to determine the degree of joint work in medical humanities through analysis of authorship and acknowledgements in the two main medical humanities journals.MethodsObservational survey of authorship. We studied authorship data in all papers published in the two major general medical humanities journals between 2009 and 2018.ResultsTwo-thirds of papers had single authors, of whom a majority declared a (...)
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    How Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Does the Body, or Why Epistemology Alone Cannot Explain this Controversial Breast Cancer Treatment.Kelly Pender & Brooke Covington - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):141-158.
    Since the late 1990s, the use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy to treat unilateral breast cancer has been on the rise. Over the past two decades, dozens of studies have been conducted in order to understand this trend, which has puzzled and frustrated physicians who find it at odds with efforts to curb the surgical overtreatment of breast cancer, as well as with evidence-based medicine, which has established that the procedure has little oncologic benefit for most patients. Based on the work (...)
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    ‘The Good Doctor’: the Making and Unmaking of the Physician Self in Contemporary South Africa.Michelle Pentecost & Thomas Cousins - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):43-54.
    In this article we examine the figure of the doctor in animated debates around public sector medicine in contemporary South Africa. The loss of health professionals from the South African public system is a key contributor to the present healthcare crisis. South African medical schools have revised curricula to engage trainee doctors with a broader set of social concerns, but the disjunctures between training, health systems failures, and a high disease burden call into question whether junior doctors are adequately prepared (...)
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    Passing Strategies and Performative Identities: Coping with (In)Visible Chronic Diseases.Tanisha Jemma Rose Spratt - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):73-88.
    In this article I consider the role of passing and performance in the everyday lives of alkaptonuria and vitiligo patients. Race, LGBTQ, gender and disability scholars have long used the term passing to describe sub-groups of people within marginal populations who intentionally manipulate their bodies or alter their behaviour in order to claim identities that are not socially assigned to them at birth. In this paper I demonstrate the effectiveness of the passing strategies that patients use in order to mitigate (...)
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    Passing Strategies and Performative Identities: Coping with (In)Visible Chronic Diseases.Tanisha Jemma Rose Spratt - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):73-88.
    In this article I consider the role of passing and performance in the everyday lives of alkaptonuria and vitiligo patients. Race, LGBTQ, gender and disability scholars have long used the term passing to describe sub-groups of people within marginal populations who intentionally manipulate their bodies or alter their behaviour in order to claim identities that are not socially assigned to them at birth. In this paper I demonstrate the effectiveness of the passing strategies that patients use in order to mitigate (...)
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  17. The Production of Space in Richard Selzer’s Wartime Story “The Whistlers’ Room”.Jiena Sun - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):3-9.
    This essay applies Henri Lefebvre’s notion of the production of space, particularly his conceptualization of the tension formed by the perceived-conceived-lived triad to analyze how space is produced in wartime hospitals as demonstrated in Richard Selzer’s “The Whistlers’ Room.” Wounded soldiers participate in producing the triad of the social space of military hospitals through their multilayered performances as fighting soldiers serving the nation and as living human beings longing for human connections. Contradictory performances demonstrate the strategic positioning of wounded soldiers (...)
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    Graphic Medicine and the Critique of Contemporary U.S. Healthcare.Sathyaraj Venkatesan & Chinmay Murali - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):27-42.
    Comics has always had a critical engagement with socio-political and cultural issues and hence evolved into a medium with a subversive power to challenge the status quo. Staying true to the criticality of the medium, graphic medicine critiques the exploitative and unethical practices in the field of healthcare, thereby creating a critical consciousness in the reader. In close reading select graphic pathographies such as Gabby Schulz's Sick, Emily Steinberg's Broken Eggs, Ellen Forney's Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me and Marisa (...)
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    Constructing the Gendered Risk of Illness in Lyrica Ads for Fibromyalgia: Fear of Isolation as a Motivating Narrative for Consumer Demand.Tabetha K. Violet - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):55-64.
    Direct-to-consumer television advertisements for Lyrica in the United States create narratives of gendered domestic normalcy to which women with fibromyalgia are encouraged to aspire through pharmaceutical intervention. This paper unpacks images and narratives within these advertisements to demonstrate that they rely on metaphors that represent gendered expectations in order to evoke guilt and provoke a desire for what Joseph Dumit calls “health as risk reduction,” and what I argue is an attempt to show disability being erased. Following Stuart Hall’s Encoding/Decoding (...)
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    Ailing Hearts and Troubled Minds: An Historical and Narratological Study on Illness Narratives by Physicians with Cardiac Disease.Jonatan Wistrand - 2022 - Journal of Medical Humanities 43 (1):129-139.
    A number of studies show that when doctors become ill, there is often ambiguity in the division of roles and responsibilities in the medical encounter. Yet little is known about how the dilemma of the sick doctor has changed over time. This article explores the experience of illness among physicians by applying an historical, narratological approach to three doctor’s narratives about personal cases of cardiac disease: Max Pinner’s from the 1940s, Robert Seaver’s from the 1980s, and John Mulligan’s from 2015. (...)
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