Health humanities reader /
edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear, and Lester D. Friedman ; assistant editor Kathleen Pachucki.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2014], c2014.
xiii, 603 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
0813562465 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0813562473 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780813562469 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780813562476 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780813562483 (e-book)
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2014], c2014.
0813562465 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0813562473 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780813562469 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780813562476 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780813562483 (e-book)
contents note
I. Disease and illness : -- 1. Being a good story: the humanities as therapeutic practice -- 2. Illuminating the it, thee, and we of disease and illness: The Metamorphosis and related works -- 3. "This weird, incurable disease": competing diagnoses in the rhetoric of Morgellons -- 4. My quest for health.
II. Disability : -- 5. Disability in two doctor stories -- 6. Music and disability -- 7. American narrative films and disability: an uneasy history -- 8. Standout.
III. Death and dying : -- 9. When the doctor is not god: the impact of religion on medical decision making at the end of life -- 10. Postmodern death and dying: a literary analysis -- 11. Second degree block: poem and commentary.
IV. Patient-professional relationships : -- 12. Social studies: the humanities, narrative, and the social context of the patient-professional relationship -- 13. Humanities and the medical home -- 14. Occupational medicine.
IX. Mental illness : -- 31. Narrating our sadness, with a little help from the humanities -- 32. Teaching narratives of mental illness -- 33. Community psychiatry and the medical humanities -- 34. Culpability.
Introduction: The why, the what, and the how of the medical/health humanities.
V. The body : -- 15. The virtues of the imperfect body -- 16. Seeing bodies in pain -- 17. Public fetuses -- 18. More body: a performance for five (or more) bodies.
VI. Gender and sexuality : -- 19. Adult intake form -- 20. What is sex for? or, the many uses of the vag -- 21. "I always prefer the scissors": Isaac Baker Brown and feminist histories of medicine -- 22. Comics in the health humanities: a new approach to sex and gender education -- 23. I am Gula, hear me roar: on gender and medicine.
VII. Race and class : -- 24. Listening as freedom: narrative, health, and social justice -- 25. Race and mental health -- 26. Law's hand in race, class, and health inequities: on the humanities and the social determination of health -- 27. The rooms of our souls.
VIII. Aging : -- 28. "Old age isn't a battle, it's a massacre": reading Philip Roth's Everyman -- 29. "Do you remember me?" construction of Alzheimer's Disease in literature and film -- 30. Love in the time of dementia.
X. Spirituality and religion : -- 35. Rites of bioethics -- 36. Health and humanities; spirituality and religion -- 37. Scientia Mortis and the Ars Moriendi: to the memory of Norman -- -- 38. Meditations of an anesthesiologist: poem and commentary.
XI. Science and technology : -- 39. Andromeda's futures: a story of humanities, technology, science, and art -- 40. Knowing and seeing: reconstructing Frankenstein -- 41. A brief history of love: a rationale for the history of epidemics -- 42. Calcedonies.
XII. Health professions education : -- 43. Teaching autism through naturalized narrative ethics: closing the divide between bioethics and medical humanities -- 44. Courting discomfort in an undergraduate health humanities classroom -- 45. The medical humanities in medical education: toward a medical aesthetics of resistance -- 46. In defense of cheaper stethoscopes.
Over the past 40 years, the health humanities, previously called the medical humanities, has emerged as one of the most exciting fields for interdisciplinary scholarship, advancing humanistic inquiry into bioethics, human rights, health care, and the uses of technology. It has also helped inspire health professionals to engage in deeper reflection about the human elements of their practice. This book assembles a rich body of work that has emerged in the field, and presents fresh approaches to the health humanities as portrayed in these 45 original essays that truly humanize the health profession. -- Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 517-567) and index.

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