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Reviewer Needed: ‘Reimagining Global Health: An introduction’ (2013) by Paul Farmer et al

With the view to posting a special edition of the medical humanities in global health, expressions of interest are welcome to review ‘Reimagining global health’. The book has been pieced together by some of the most high profile and courageous academics … Continue reading

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Reviewer needed: ‘The anthropology of alternative medicine’ (2012) by Annamaria Iosif Ross

‘Alternative medicine is not a fashionable new trend but an established cultural strategy, as well as a dynamic feature of mainstream contemporary medicine, in which elements of folk traditions are often blended with Western scientific approaches. The anthropology of alternative … Continue reading

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New book available for review: ‘Frissure’ by Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins

Frissure: A collaborative work between Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins ‘This is a book about seeing and being seen; about looking at being looked at. It is an intimate book, where the private process of looking and seeing passes from … Continue reading

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Film review: Fill the void

Directed by Rama Burshtein, Fill the void (2012) offers a striking and dramatic insight into a haredi Jewish family in Israel, a way of life that is often poorly understood and unfairly represented. It charts the tragic death of a … Continue reading

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New book available for review: ‘Saving face: Enfacement, shame, theology’ by Stephen Pattison

We have an exciting new book fresh off the press from Ashgate available for review: ‘Saving face: Enfacement, shame, theology’ by Stephen Pattison (University of Birmingham). The publishers describe the book as follows: “Faces are all around us and fundamentally … Continue reading

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“I Refused to Join the IDF”

 Although loosely related to the medical humanities, I think the ‘blob’ is quite interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it appropriates one of the most spiritual and holy remnants of Judaism (the Western Wall, ‘Kotel’) and ascribes a completely … Continue reading

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Playing cards: A bridge between worlds

Ben Kasstan writes: Having been my family’s Uno champion for the last six years running, I fulfilled my 2013 resolution to play Bridge – tutored by Holocaust survivors and refugees of the Nazi regime. I smugly turned up to my … Continue reading

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Flourishing despite catastrophe: Delivering Jewish social and therapeutic programmes to ageing Shoah survivors and refugees

Tucked away in North London lies an ordinary building which is easily accessible yet lacks a sign or any distinction, you might never notice it or even realise what the space is for. However, there is something extraordinary about its … Continue reading

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London calling: Confronting hepatocellular carcinoma through collaborative research

Primary liver cancer, of which hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) constitutes 80-85%, is the third largest cause of cancer mortality in the world with an aggressive and unequal distribution that falls heavily on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The HCC prevalence rates in … Continue reading

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A graduate lesson in global health and poverty

Through funding from the Department for International Development (DfID), I have recently spent six months working with local communities to support health education and disability projects in Lesotho. My weeks were split between the Resource Centre for the Blind (RCB), … Continue reading

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