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Jo May is appearing at Medicine Unboxed: wonder.

Jeremy Farquar, butler to the rich and powerful, is ready to tell some tales. Serving in the corridors of power he has learned some incredible truths. Truly unique. Breath taking tricks. Whistle blowing wisdom. Farquar is a Fool. Everything is an analogy. Nothing is as it seems. Pearls of wisdom fall gently from the darkenned mouth of this cream faced loon, using breath taking circus skill to share his story.
Be brilliantly entertained. Come away changed. Brecht meets Beckett meets the Shakespearean Fool.

“The most important show to have played at our festival.” - Steve Cousins, Durham Streets Alive Festival.

"Challenging, inspirational theatre" - Sydney Morning Herald.

"The best street show I have seen" - Steven Berkoff.
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Listen to James Rhodes, who is appearing at Medicine Unboxed in November, talking about the music that has changed his life.

Head over to Eventbrite for tickets to Medicine Unboxed: wonder, 19-20 November 2016 in Cheltenham.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07f6jjc
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Listen to Vahni Capildeo reading 'Moss' for the Out of Bounds poetry project in Newcastle.

Vahni will be speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder.

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“Imagine this. Following a brain injury you lie in a hospital bed and from the outside you appear to be totally unconscious. You don’t respond to anything the doctors or your family say, you make no voluntary movements, and although you still go to sleep and wake up there seems to be nobody at home. But your ‘inner universe’ of conscious awareness still remains, perhaps flickering and inconsistent, but definitely there. How could anyone else ever know, and how could you ever communicate with your loved ones again?”

Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, on helping develop two BBC Radio 4 dramas, ‘The Sky is Wider’ and ‘Real Worlds’ for BBC Radio 4, that draw on the cutting edge of neurology and neuroscience.

Anil is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder on 19-20 November this year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j68n9

When Ella is asked questions pointing her towards places and memories, she begins to realise that the world she lives in now is just the imagined life of her mind and in reality she is in hospital in a minimally conscious state. Ella realises that these questions, posed by a neurologist, are attempts to discover whether she is conscious and that her possible answers are her only way to communicate with others, especially with her daughter, Charli...
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"For generations most things people could see in the heavens never changed shape. The Moon and some comets were obvious exceptions. Only recently has it been possible to see, with the aid of technology, the dynamism of the Sun's atmosphere, or movement in the clouds of Jupiter.

But images of change at larger scales — such as animations of galaxy evolution and distribution [...] — remain artefacts of reason, imagination and ingenuity rather than direct observation.

Our experience of stars, nebulae and supernovae is still mediated through static though often spectacular photographs. Given how slowly the stars seem to change during a human lifetime this seems almost inevitable."

From the blog 'A New Map of Wonders', by Caspar Henderson, who is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder.

http://www.anewmapofwonders.com/
A NEW BOOK BY THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS. <a href="http://www.anewmapofwonders.com/p/about-new-map-of-wonders.html">MORE</a>.
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Medicine Unboxed 2016: wonder.

19-20 November 2016 at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

Tickets now available at Eventbrite

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Medicine Unboxed aims to inspire conversation in healthcare, engaging the public together with healthcare audiences in exploring issues central to thinking about good medicine: humanity, illness, social justice and mortality. We believe that the arts and humanities can illuminate this perspective, fostering debate, awe and perhaps even humility. Medicine Unboxed 2016 is themed wonder Central to this will be thinking about how we ...
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The Saturday poem: 'My father cannot stop', by Lavinia Greenlaw in the Guardian.

Lavinia is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder on 19-20 November at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

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Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian. He has done all these jobs imperfectly and part-time since 1987, and was also a lecturer in medical communication at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol. As a doctor, Phil worked part time in general practice for over 20 years, and has also worked in sexual health. He currently works in a specialist NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Phil has written five books – Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? ‘What do Doctors Really Think?’ and ‘Staying Alive – How to Get the Best from the NHS’.

Phil’s comedy includes being half of the award winning double-act Struck Off and Die, with Tony Gardner, and three solo UK tours. He is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 with two shows – Life and Death (But Mainly Death) and Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution.

Watch Phil’s Games to Play with Your Doctor over on Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/110716896

Phil will be appearing at Medicine Unboxed: wonder.
A clip from Dr Phil Hammond's latest tour, Games to Play With Your Doctor - http://drphilhammond.com/tourdates.php
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In March 1946, scientists began to track thousands of children born in one week. No one imagined that this would become the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass five generations of children. Today, they are some of the best-studied people on the planet, and the simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die. This is the tale of these studies and the remarkable discoveries that have come from them.

Helen Pearson’s ‘The Life Project’: the story of a unique series of studies that have touched the lives of almost everyone in Britain today.

Helen is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder on 19-20 November.

http://ow.ly/y5aR304bXzd

'The greatest scientific experiment in modern British history ... Fascinating, shocking, heartening' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail The remarkable story of a unique series of studies that have touched the lives of almost every...
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"A water world without walls, inhabited by creatures of ethereal beauty."

Marine ecologist Jon Copley, who is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder, describes the first manned mission to the Earth's deepest known hydrothermal vents.

Tickets for Medicine Unboxed: wonder, 19-20 November 2016 at the Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham, at Eventbrite.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/05/five-thousand-metres-sea-hydrothermal-vents
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We have a lifetime’s association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory.

In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader through a cultural map of the body, taking in health and illness, and offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb, from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.

Gavin is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: wonder.

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Some of the work by our speakers at Medicine Unboxed 2016: wonder over on Pinterest http://pin.it/idkT4Cu
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Understanding medicine through the arts and humanities.
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Mission: Medicine Unboxed engages the public and front-line NHS staff with a view of medicine that is infused and elaborated by the humanities. Contributors include artists, writers, the clergy, poets, philosophers, lawyers, linguists, musicians, theatre, ethicists, academics and doctors. The results are thought-provoking, inspiring, sometimes funny and often moving.

Background: Good medicine is more than a set of technical decisions and interventions involving drugs, operations or tests. It demands more of the practitioner - professionalism, empathetic care, moral consideration, insight, an understanding of human suffering and necessarily, wisdom. These attributes are not always prioritised in selecting for or training healthcare professionals, and there is little time or attention given to their authentic development within busy working environments.

Further, there is a widening hiatus of trust, understanding and expectation between medicine and society around what constitutes good medicine. This pressingly requires real engagement around medicine’s role and society’s values. A purely scientific answer will never prove sufficient here.

The term ‘Medical humanities’ describes disciplines, which engage the relationship between Medicine and the Arts. Humanities such as fine art, literature, philosophy, ethics and contextual studies, inform medicine through unique insights into the human condition and the individual experience of Illness and disease, from both patients’ and practitioners’ perspectives. This is important, as it equips the medical practitioner with reflective, empathetic and analytical skills essential for providing good care.