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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891019/uncivilizing-mental-illness-contextualizing-diverse-mental-states-and-posthuman-emotional-ecologies-within-the-icarus-project
#1
Erica Hua Fletcher
This article argues humans should not be defined strictly at their physical boundaries with clear distinctions between anatomical bodies, mental states, and the rest of the world. Rather, diverse mental states, which are often diagnosed as "mental illness," take shape within greater environmental forces and flows, including those that are constructed online. Drawing from a multi-sited ethnography of The Icarus Project, a radical mental health community, the author situates online narratives written by two of its members within posthuman emotional ecologies in which the exchange of ideas online affects mental states in a profound way...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891018/patch
#2
James M Wilkins
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875484/women-s-auto-biography-and-dissociative-identity-disorder-implications-for-mental-health-practice
#3
Kendal Tomlinson, Charley Baker
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is an uncommon disorder that has long been associated with exposure to traumatic stressors exceeding manageable levels commonly encompassing physical, psychological and sexual abuse in childhood that is prolonged and severe in nature. In DID, dissociation continues after the traumatic experience and produces a disruption in identity where distinct personality states develop. These personalities are accompanied by variations in behaviour, emotions, memory, perception and cognition...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861864/13-body-parts
#4
Candice Mazon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853016/don-t-be-the-fifth-guy-risk-responsibility-and-the-rhetoric-of-handwashing-campaigns
#5
M M Brown
In recent years, outbreaks such as H1N1 have prompted heightened efforts to manage the risk of infection. These efforts often involve the endorsement of personal responsibility for infection risk, thus reinforcing an individualistic model of public health. Some scholars-for example, Peterson and Lupton (1996)-term this model the "new public health." In this essay, I describe how the focus on personal responsibility for infection risk shapes the promotion of hand hygiene and other forms of illness etiquette...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853015/boat-building-in-maine
#6
Namrata Gumaste
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853014/from-the-editor
#7
EDITORIAL
Therese Jones, Kathleen Pachucki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819921/perspective
#8
EDITORIAL
Jaime Faulkner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819920/-no-country-for-old-men-huxley-s-brave-new-world-and-the-value-of-old-age
#9
Maren Linett
This article inserts Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932) into a bioethical conversation about the value of old age and old people. Exploring literary treatments of bioethical questions can supplement conversations within bioethics proper, helping to reveal our existing assumptions and clear the way for more considered views; indeed, as Peter Swirski has argued, literary texts can serve as thought experiments that illuminate the ramifications of philosophical ideas. This essay examines the novel's representation of a society without old people in conjunction with ideas about aging and life narratives put forward by philosophers and bioethicists such as Ezekiel Emanuel, Gilbert Meilaender, and Alasdair MacIntyre...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819919/the-microbial-mother-meets-the-independent-organ-cultural-discourses-of-reproductive-microbiomes
#10
Jessica R Houf
The human microbiome is changing the way experts and non-experts think about germs and microorganisms. This essay is a gender analysis of contemporary discourses surrounding the human reproductive microbiome, specifically the vaginal microbiota and the penile microbiota. I first historically situate the human reproductive microbiome within the germ theory of disease. Then, I draw on Heather Paxson's Foucauldian and Latourian concept of microbiopolitics to argue that microbiopolitics is not only about how humans should live with microorganisms; but it also impacts how humans and microbes live together as gendered beings...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736800/editors-introduction-health-humanities-the-future-of-pre-health-education-is-here
#11
EDITORIAL
Sarah Berry, Therese Jones, Erin Lamb
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670658/snapshots-of-baccalaureate-health-humanities-programs
#12
EDITORIAL
Erin Gentry Lamb, Sarah Berry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664297/navigating-the-paradoxes-of-neoliberalism-quiet-subversion-in-mentored-service-learning-for-the-pre-health-humanities
#13
Erica Hua Fletcher, Nicole M Piemonte
In describing the foundations of our pedagogical approaches to service-learning, we seek to go beyond the navel-gazing-at times, paralyzing-paradoxes of neoliberal forces, which can do "good" for students and their communities, yet which also call students into further calculative frameworks for understanding the "value" of pre-health humanities education and social engagement. We discuss methods to create quiet forms of subversion that call for a moral imagination in extending an ethics of care to students as well as to the communities with which they engage...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726009/what-is-narrative-medicine-the-principles-and-practice-of-narrative-medicine-by-rita-charon-sayantani-dasgupta-nellie-hermann-craig-irvine-eric-r-marcus-edgar-rivera-col%C3%A3-n-danielle-spencer-and-maura-spiegel-oxford-university-press-2017
#14
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032301/from-disabled-students-to-disabled-brains-the-medicalizing-power-of-rhetorical-images-in-the-israeli-learning-disabilities-field
#15
Ofer Katchergin
The neurocentric worldview that identifies the essence of the human being with the material brain has become a central paradigm in current academic discourse. Israeli researchers also seek to understand educational principles and processes via neuroscientific models. On this background, the article uncovers the central role that visual brain images play in the learning-disabilities field in Israel. It examines the place brain images have in the professional imagination of didactic-diagnosticians as well as their influence on the diagnosticians' clinical attitudes...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26687174/rethinking-the-poverty-disease-nexus-the-case-of-hiv-aids-in-south-africa
#16
Kiran Pienaar
While it is well-established that poverty and disease are intimately connected, the nature of this connection and the role of poverty in disease causation remains contested in scientific and social studies of disease. Using the case of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and drawing on a theoretically grounded analysis, this paper reconceptualises disease and poverty as ontologically entangled. In the context of the South African HIV epidemic, this rethinking of the poverty-disease dynamic enables an account of how social forces such as poverty become embodied in the very substance of disease to produce ontologies of HIV/AIDS unique to South Africa...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26463352/losing-thomas-ella-a-father-s-story-a-research-comic
#17
Marcus B Weaver-Hightower
"Losing Thomas & Ella" presents a research comic about one father's perinatal loss of twins. The comic recounts Paul's experience of the hospital and the babies' deaths, and it details the complex grieving process afterward, including themes of anger, distance, relationship stress, self-blame, religious challenges, and resignation. A methodological appendix explains the process of constructing the comic and provides a rationale for the use of comics-based research for illness, death, and grief among practitioners, policy makers, and the bereaved...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26452484/knowing-more-by-knowing-less-a-reading-of-give-me-everything-you-have-on-being-stalked-by-james-lasdun-london-jonathan-cape-2013
#18
Neil Armstrong
James Lasdun's memoir of being stalked, Give Me Everything You Have, has provoked considerable controversy. Whilst the quality of the writing is widely praised, some critics object to the way Lasdun documents in unsparing detail his experiences without taking any account of the stalker's apparent mental health problems. There are ethical and conceptual problems with Lasdun's approach, but side-stepping medical knowledge and relying on what we might call common sense help Lasdun to find ways to interpret his stalker's actions as meaningful and human...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26242607/adolescent-daughters-and-ritual-abjection-narrative-analysis-of-self-injury-in-four-us-films
#19
Warren Bareiss
Media representations of illnesses, particularly those associated with stigma such as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), not only define health conditions for mass audiences, but generally do so in ways that are consistent with dominant ideologies. This article examines the construction of non-suicidal self-injury as practiced by female adolescents and young adults in four US films: Girl, Interrupted, Painful Secrets, Prozac Nation, and Thirteen. The methodology used to examine the films' narrative structure is Kenneth Burke's dramatism, while Julia Kristeva's concept of abjection informs the analysis...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26242606/neurodharma-self-help-personalized-science-communication-as-brain-management
#20
Jenny Eklöf
Over the past ten to fifteen years, medical interventions, therapeutic approaches and scientific studies involving mindfulness meditation have gained traction in areas such as clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and neuroscience. Simultaneously, mindfulness has had a very strong public appeal. This article examines some of the ways in which the medical and scientific meaning of mindfulness is communicated in public and to the public. In particular, it shows how experts in the field of mindfulness neuroscience seek to communicate to the public at large the imperative of brain fitness for the promotion of health, wellbeing and happiness...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
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