Books

Sperling’s Reasons of Conscience

Reasons of Conscience:
The Bioethics Debate in Germany

University of Chicago Press, 2013, 344 pages

by Stefan Sperling

Sperling’s Reasons of Conscience is an ethnographic study of two German Bioethics commissions – the Enquete Kommission and the Nationaler Ethikrat. His particular focus is on the way that the national, political and cultural context influences the democratic and bureaucratic processes …

Books

Gitelman’s Paper Knowledge and Kafka’s The Demon of Writing

Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents
Duke University Press, 2012, 224 pages

by Lisa Gitelman

 

The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork
Zone Books, 2012, 208 pages

by Ben Kafka

 

Ben Kafka and Lisa Gitelman, colleagues at New York University, have both written books about the intricate nature of paper as a medium. While …

Web Roundups

Dear Patient, tell me a story

This month’s web roundup will take the opportunity to discuss “Narrative Medicine.” In “The Art of Narrative Medicine,” the editors of the blog of The American Resident Project write that “Over the past six years, narrative medicine and the physicians who have worked to enhance and promote its efficacy have gained traction within the mainstream health care system.”

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Features

Jean Oury and Clinique de La Borde: A Conversation with Camille Robcis

Jean Oury died on May 15, 2014.  The 300-word obituary written by Élisabeth Roudinesco for Le Monde was certainly proportionate to the awareness of the man and his work, but wholly unequal to his influence and reach within medical thought and intellectual life in France for more than a half century.  Oury, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, created a legacy along …

Books

Multiple Vulnerabilities and Madness – a review of Face aux désastres (Anne M. Lovell, editor)

This article is part of the series:

Face aux désastres
Une conversation à quatre voix sur la folie, le care et les grandes détresses collectives

by Anne M. Lovell, Stefania Pandolfo, Veena Das, and Sandra Laugier (organized by Anne M. Lovell)

Les editions Ithaque, 2013, 204 pages.

Three anthropologists and one philosopher have joined forces and written an extraordinary book, which is a well-founded …

Books

Christopher Dole’s Healing Secular Life

Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey

By Christopher Dole

 

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, 291 pp.

 

Healing Secular Life is a study of the organizing force of secularism in contemporary Turkish life. Dole’s ethnographic entry is the practice of religious healing; specifically, the socially ambiguous work of two kinds of religious healer, the evliya or …