‘Study Mankind as well as Medicine’: Representing the doctor-patient relationship in The Young Practitioner (1890)

‘You must study mankind as well as medicine, and also bear in mind, when acting upon diseased bodies, that they are possessed with hearts and minds that have strong passions, warm sentiments and vivid imaginations, which sway them powerfully both in health and disease.’[i] In its opening pages, Jukes de Styrap’s The Young Practitioner (1890) – an…

Book Review: Dark Asylum, E.S. Thomson (2017)

This post reviews E.S. Thomson’s Dark Asylum (2017), the latest novel in the Jem Flockhart murder mystery series. For a review of its predecessor, Beloved Poison, click here. Dark Asylum – the second novel in the Jem Flockhart series – hit bookstores earlier this month. I was privileged to be sent a copy by its publishers (Little, Brown) ahead…

Book Review: Beloved Poison, E.S. Thomson (2016)

This week saw the release of Dark Asylum, the second novel in E.S. Thomson’s Jem Flockhart series. To celebrate its launch, this post reviews the prequel, Beloved Poison.  I was scouring the shelves of Waterstones when I first came across E.S. Thomson’s Beloved Poison. Initially struck by its sensational title and gorgeous cover art, my interest was well and…

One Day Workshop 10th March 2017. Mind Reading: Mental Health and the Written Word

Originally posted on Diseases of Modern Life:
MIND-READING 2017: MENTAL HEALTH AND THE WRITTEN WORD Venue: Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dublin 10 March 2017 Conference Organisers: Dr. Elizabeth Barrett (UCD) and Dr. Melissa Dickson (Oxford). Keynote Speakers: Prof. James V. Lucey (TCD), Prof. Fergus Shanahan (UCC) and Prof. Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford). This one-day programme of talks and…

Exhibition Review: Flesh @ York Art Gallery

Last month I was in York for a mini-break and had an opportunity to visit the city’s beautiful art gallery, including its phenomenal new exhibition “Flesh: Skin and Surface”. With a weekend in the city ahead of me, I’d decided to shell out on a York Museums Trust annual pass and wanted to make the…

(TV) Doctors Dissected: Dr Dwight Enys, Poldark (BBC, 2015-16)

Last week saw Season Two of BBC’s showpiece Sunday-night drama Poldark come to a close. After a (relatively) upbeat Season One, this had been a much darker affair, with Francis Poldark tragically drowning in Wheal Grace (all the more painful after he’d hallucinated being saved); the same mine collapsing inwards, killing several of its diligent workers;…