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Coverage of the A320 crash: mental health in the media

– Amy Stone, Administrator at the University of Sheffield and member of the Medical Humanities Sheffield Student Social Group I love to hate some sections of the press as much as anyone – but can we blame them for saying what so many people think? The Germanwings A320 crash of 24th March 2015 was a […]

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Subjectivity and Self-reflection: The Humanities Perspective on Illness

The Medical Humanities Lecture series that has been running throughout 2014/15 begun with Dr Angela Woods discussing her use of phenomenological investigations into auditory verbal hallucinations, followed by Dr Saurabh Mishra’s exploration of middle class anxieties in British India over the widespread adulteration of dairy products. This article will be discussing the last two talks […]

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Medical Humanities approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations

Dr Angela Woods, a Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities from Durham University, opened Sheffield University’s ‘Medical School Humanities Lecture Series’ by presenting preliminary findings from the innovative study “What is it like to hear voices?” This research is part of a larger project called “Hearing the Voice” which brings interdisciplinary and medical humanities approaches to […]

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Interview with Michelle Winslow and Sam Smith

Michelle Winslow and Sam Smith lead an oral history project at The Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care. Together with project volunteers, they have been making oral history recordings with people in the unit since 2007 with funding from Friends of the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support. We caught up […]

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Interview with Singer Songwriter Karine Polwart

During December the award winning singer songwriter Karine Polwart visited Medical Humanities Sheffield for a three day artist in residence programme. Vicky Grant and Amy Stone caught up with Karine to learn more Amy: Welcome to Medical Humanities Sheffield Karine. Tell us how the collaboration came about. Karine: It was Ian (Professor Ian Sabroe, Director […]

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What is Addiction?

Phil Withington, Professor of History at the University of Sheffield, was invited to participate in this panel on ‘What is Addiction?’ at the annual Battle of Ideas in London, and this is what happened. Now that the prestigious Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V) has recognised gambling as a behavioural addiction, […]

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“Anorexia is not a choice” – Interview with Emma Woolf

Emma Woolf is the author of An Apple a Day and The Ministry of Thin and is the great-grandniece of Virginia Woolf. Emma recently gave a talk at Sheffield Students’ Union as part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words 2013. We grabbed 5 minutes to ask about her mission to raise awareness of eating […]

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The story behind the MHS logo

The wonderful logo for MHS is by L. Gregory, who was aged 10 when she drew her design. L. Gregory was the winner of the Medical Humanities Sheffield Logo Competition, which we held in Westways Primary School in the spring of 2013. The competition was open to all Y5 and Y6 pupils, and as you […]

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