The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities

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Anne Whitehead, Sarah Atkinson, Angela Woods, Jane Macnaughton, Jennifer Richards
Edinburgh University Press, 2016 - Medical ethics - 700 pages
In this landmark Companion, expert contributors from around the world map out the field of the critical medical humanities. This is the first volume to introduce comprehensively the ways in which interdisciplinary thinking across the humanities and social sciences might contribute to, critique and develop medical understanding of the human individually and collectively. The thirty-six newly commissioned chapters range widely within and across disciplinary fields, always alert to the intersections between medicine, as broadly defined, and critical thinking. Each chapter offers suggestions for further reading on the issues raised, and each section concludes with an Afterword, written by a leading critic, outlining future possibilities for cutting-edge work in this area. Topics covered in this volume include: the affective body, biomedicine, blindness, breath, disability, early modern medical practice, fatness, the genome, language, madness, narrative, race, systems biology, performance, the postcolonial, public health, touch, twins, voice and wonder.

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About the author (2016)

Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Theory at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Angela Woods is a Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University. Sarah Atkinson is a Professor of Geography and Medical Humanities andDeputy Head of Faculty of Social Sciences and Health (Research), Durham University. Jane MacNaughton is a Professor of Medical Humanities and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University. Jennifer Richards is a Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture, NewcastleUniversity.

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