Books

Top of the heap: Martyn Pickersgill

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This week Martyn Pickersgill of the University of Edinburgh speaks to “Top of the heap” about some recent books on humanitarianism, pharmaceuticals, dementia and expertise.

Martyn Pickersgill

Amongst other bits and pieces, I currently have two large projects on the go: one, on access to therapy in mental health, and the other, on neuroscience and family life. With regards to …

Books

Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum

The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging

by Margaret Lock

Princeton University Press, 2013. 
328 pages, US $29.95 (Cloth)

 

Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging is a welcome addition to a body of work that has so productively explored the historical contingencies, cultural specificities, and philosophical dilemmas that surround and shape bodies and people’s …

Books

Catherine Malabou’s The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage

by Catherine Malabou

Fordham University Press, 2012. Translated by Steven Miller. 249 pages, US$32.00, paperback


I. Unrecognizable Subjects and the Irruption of Trauma

“You know who my mother was?” a voice asks from off-screen. The elderly woman shakes her head.

“You…You are my mother,” the interviewer replies.

“How can I really be

Features

Psychiatric Neuroscience, Stigma, and the Aging Brain: Dispatch from the Annual Meeting of One Mind for Research

Cross-posted from The FPR Blog.

A few weeks ago I attended the first annual meeting of the One Mind for Research Campaign: Curing Brain Disease. (The group’s new CEO is Ret. General Peter Chiarelli, the commanding officer of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Iraq War, and you could practically taste the battle dust in your mouth at the …

In the Journals

“Investigating Emerging Biomedical Practices”: A Special Journal Issue

The September 2011 issue of the journal Science, Technology, & Human Values, is a special issue entitled “Investigating Emerging Biomedical Practices.” Situating the articles that compose the issue “within [an] intellectual tradition rooted in the borderlands of anthropology, science studies, and the history of science–altogether heavily influenced by feminism,” Kontopodis, Niewöhner, and Beck write in their introduction that the…

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Arthur Kleinman on caregiving

This post was contributed by Matt Dalstrom (UW-Milwaukee)

In an event co-sponsored by the UW-Milwaukee Center for 21st Century Studies and the UW-Milwaukee Research Workshop on Science, Medicine, and Society, Dr. Arthur Kleinman presented two essays recently published in The Lancet titled, “Caregiving: the odyssey of becoming more human” and “Catastrophe and caregiving: the failure of