The Madness and Literature Network

The Madness and Literature Network aims to stimulate cooperation and co-working between researchers, academics, clinicians, service users, carers and creative writers in order to develop an interdisciplinary, global dialogue about the issues raised around representations of madness in literature. Literary research has become a key resource for the advancement of medical and health professionals' education, affording broader perspectives, critical thinking skills and promoting an emotionally receptive or empathic climate for clinical practice. With this project, we are seeking to form new methodologies, strengthen and maintain partnerships and enable comprehensive critical dialogues across the fields of literature, linguistics and mental health care.


Resource for nurse scholars and authors.


Personal blogging on culture, education, politics, and health.

Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF

This is the blog of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine(DAHSM) at University of California, San Francisco.

The DAHSM is an interdisciplinary department in the School of Medicine provides non-biomedical social science and humanities perspectives on health, illness, and disease. The Department runs three teaching and research programs, two in coordination with the University of California, Berkeley:

  • Medical Anthropology 
    (PhD program with the Department of Anthropology’s Program in Critical Studies in Medicine, Science, and the Body)
  • History of Health Sciences
    (PhD program with the Doctoral Program at the Office for the History of Science)
  • Social Medicine
    (Activities organized through a multi-campus UC Medical Humanities Consortium)

In addition, the Department is home to the Center for Humanities and Health Sciences designed to foster intellectual interaction between students and faculty throughout the department, the four schools within UCSF, other UC Campuses, and other institutions.

The blog is administrated by Dr Silvia Camporesi, visiting scholar from theCentre for the Humanities & Health, King’s College, London.

Centre for the Humanities & Health, King's College, London

This is the blog of the Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London. The CHH is a Wellcome Trust-funded research centre in the Medical Humanities which was launched in October 2009.

The Centre aims to illuminate the subjective and experiential aspects of illness and health through literature, philosophy, history and film studies. The Medical Humanities is an emerging interdisciplinary field, and the Centre aims to make a significant contribution to its development in the UK, and in the world, through a multi-stranded programme of research on “The Boundaries of Illness”.

The Centre engages scholars from the Arts, Humanities and Health disciplines nationally and internationally. In particular, it engages scholars from Literature, Philosophy, History, the Visual Arts, Film Studies, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Medicine and Nursing. See who’s who at the Centre here.

The Centre is located on the 5th floor of the East Wing, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

If you have any questions or enquiries about this blog feel free to email the administrator at:

Public Health and Social Justice

The website contains articles and open-access slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice, along with hundreds of external links. There is significant content focusing on the medical humanities on the "Literature, Medicine, and Public Health" page at

'Before Depression 1660-1800'

'Before Depression' was a three year project that ran from December 2006 to December 2009, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  Even though the project is technically over the website contains useful information about the associated publications, and has freely available resources, such as podcasts of lectures and the exhibiton catalogue.  

Infinite Ability

Infinite Ability - exploring disAbility through creativity

The disability special-interest-group within Medical Humanities Group, UCMS, Delhi, India

Medical Humanities Group, UCMS

The University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, was the first Indian medical school to introduce medical

humanities to its staff and students in 2009.

Medical Humanities Foundation of India

Medical Humanities Foundation of India. Calling on all those, with an interest in making medical care more humane to contribute to our efforts!!

Centre for Community Dialogue and Change

Dedicated to the promotion of Theatre of the Oppressed - particularly in the field of education,the Centre for Community Dialogue and Change (CCDC) - is an organisation based in Bengaluru, India.

Comicos - Graphic Medicine Club

Comicos is the graphic medicine club of medical humanities group, UCMS, Delhi.

Patient centred care – are international medical graduates 'expert novices'?

Background Depending on their previous training, international medical graduates (IMGs) may be unfamiliar with patient centred care (PCC). This study explores the PCC skills that IMGs demonstrated during observed role play.

Methods Qualitative observational data were collected during an IMG communication skills course and IMGs’ perceptions of PCC were explored in semistructured interviews. Analysis followed principles of grounded theory and focused specifically on the elements of Candlin’s (2002) quality of discourse.

Results Many of the IMGs observed in this study used discourse features that identify them as novices in PCC: they framed consultations as interviews as opposed to conversations, maintained topic control instead of allowing digressions, and focused on achieving simple coherence rather than seeing the consultation as a whole.

Discussion This study suggests that some IMGs may be novices in PCC while being experts in medical knowledge. A view of IMGs as ‘expert novices’ may be useful to inform the development of bridging courses.

Exploring perception and use of everyday language and medical terminology among international medical graduates in a medical ESP course in Australia

Language and communication skills are among the greatest challenges that non-native-English speaking international medical graduates (IMGs) face in English medical consultations. Especially when patients use unfamiliar everyday expressions or attach different meanings to medical terminology, the communicative burden on doctor–patient communication may be increased. This exploratory study investigates how IMGs attend to everyday language and medical terminology in a professional English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course, and whether or not they are aware that patients and medical professionals may interpret or perceive medical terminology differently. To provide preliminary answers, the IMGs’ approach to and use of two specific communication skills was studied: (1) clarifying unclear patient statements and (2) using easily comprehensible language and avoiding or explaining jargon. Two groups of IMGs were observed for a period of approximately three months during a medical professional ESP course in Australia. Data were gathered in form of field notes and artefacts. Findings indicate that participants are only marginally aware of terminological divergences. Concerning the targeted communication skills, the limited English proficiency of many IMGs was often found to result in a mismatch between proposed and executed actions. Implications for teachers of professional ESP training courses are highlighted.

Tales of Time, Terms, and Patient Information-Seeking Behavior—An Exploratory Qualitative Study

This study explores patients' and physicians' perceptions of the use of medical terminology in patient–physician communication. Perceptions of time emerge as an overarching theme and the relationships between perceived time pressures and medical terms are analyzed. Data for this qualitative exploratory study were collected in 28 semistructured interviews with native and nonnative English-speaking physicians and patients. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analyzed in NVivo 8, applying principles from grounded theory. Participants commonly perceived time pressures on consultations. Findings indicate that together, perceived time pressures and medical terminology influence patient participation and the development of rapport in medical encounters. Patient information-seeking behavior was reported to be lower in short, terminology-dense consultations and increased in longer, terminology-sparse consultations. Data suggest that monitoring the use of medical terms in combination with taking time to provide appropriate explanations can function as a partnership-building strategy. Physicians who adopt this strategy could foster better patient–physician relationships and facilitate increased patient information-seeking behavior.

The Sesame Institute for Drama and Movement Therapy (1964 - 2012)

Drama and Movement in Therapy and the notion of inner well being or Soul

Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music

The Centre for Performance Science (CPS) promotes collaborative research among musicians and scientists at the Royal College of Music, London.





Affiliated to a Federation of Open Dialogues promoting the successes of the Open Dialogue Approach in bringing on better outcomes for people with serious mental ill-health.
Western Lapland in Northern Finland now has the best outcomes for first-episode psychosis in the developed world, having once been one of the worst.

A group of innovative family therapists converted the area’s traditional mental health system and their principles are surprisingly simple. The staff meet with those in crisis immediately, often daily, until the crises are resolved. Families and social networks are involved in the treatment process right from the beginning. The therapists work in teams and the whole approach values the voices of every single person involved, especially the one at the centre, who is included in all the decision making processes and meetings. The therapeutic work is mainly done in people’s homes, avoiding hospitalisation and with the use of a minimum of medication. Western Lapland has done so well over the past 25 years that cases of schizophrenia have dropped by 85%. What is more, less money is spent per capita on psychosis than in any other part of Finland.
The film maker Daniel Mackler made a documentary in xx about Open dialogue in Northern Finland .


This film was shown in Nottingham as part of Mental Health Awareness weeks in October 2012. There was much interest and discussion - can Open Dialogue be taken forward in Nottingham , and how?
A group of interested people have been meeting monthly since December 2012
Follow this page for more information and details about coming meetings, or contact "
International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice

Academic open access web based  journal featuring creative arts in interdisciplinary research and practice.

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network