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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.
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CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT: 'CESAR'.

The 'CESAR' series is the artistic follow-up to a #photographic report about the obstetrician’s job in operating theaters.'CESAR' is about children's #portraits. They were all born through #caesarean section and are all only a few seconds old.

Christian says about this 'CESAR': "This project was born of a reality: the birth of my first child. It was an emergency and surgery was needed to save him and his mother. When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix. He was like a warrior who had just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream. It was life, and I had the opportunity to photograph him from the start."

See some of the images from 'Cesar' at:

http://www.christianberthelot.com/…/photographies-cesar.html
Christian Berthelot Photographe - Projets Artistiques - Reportages / Théâtres - Bretagne
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IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

'The Bad Doctor' is a graphic novel about the life of a country doctor and those of his patients.

The New York Times said about The Bad Doctor: "The territory of doctor as patient has been visited before, but Dr. Williams’s iteration and its resolution are as subtle and thought provoking as the best of them, with the always worthwhile message that the roles into which humans sort themselves are as mutable as the rituals they accept and reject, and the calls for help they choose to hear or not."

Ian Williams Is a physician, comics artist and writer, based in Brighton, UK. He founded the Graphic Medicine website in 2007 and currently edits it with MK Czerwiec. He is co-author of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also from Penn State University Press and has written for various medical, humanities and comics publications and has contributed a series of comic strips to The Guardian newspaper.

More about 'The Bad Doctor' at:

http://www.thebaddr.com 

www.graphicmedicine.org
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EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX: 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing'.

Tales from Babel is the umbrella title for a series of collaborations between #vocal   ensemble The Clerks, its director Edward Wickham, composer Christopher Fox and a team of scientific collaborators including Professor Sarah Hawkins, Professor Ian Cross, Professor Charles Fernyhough, Dr Antje Heinrich and Dr Sarah Knight.

Tales from Babel represents an evolving portfolio of works engaging with #medical   issues through innovative musical presentations. Though originally conceived as part of full-length concert performances, the musical elements are to an extent modular, and can be excerpted and re-combined, or stand alone as part of more traditional concert programmes.

These projects – three so far, with another to be premiered in September – have all been supported by Wellcome Trust Arts Awards, have been performed in venues across the UK, and have received significant coverage in the broadcast and print media.
The connecting theme of Tales from Babel is the science of hearing, and the challenges which arise when hearing is compromised in various ways. The first two projects explore the ‘cocktail party problem’ and the psychology and neuro-science behind hearing in complex auditory environments. The third, entitled Phantom Voices, deals with the phenomenon of auditory hallucinations, where real and imagined sounds vie for the listeners’ attention. In each case, we have created new musical works for vocal ensemble The Clerks which are performed live, amidst an immersive soundscape of pre-recorded interviews, songs, conversation and scientific exposition.

More about Tales from Babel at:

http://www.talesfrombabel.co.uk/

http://www.theguardian.com/…/experiments-listening-hearing-…
'Some of the best interaction between music and science I've seen in a long time'. Aaron Holloway blog from The Cheltenham Festival. 'Listening in the presence of competing sound is a major challenge for hearing impaired people. The work of Dr Wickham, Professor Hawkins and their colleagues ...
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - ALLAN KELLEHEAR.

Professor Allan Kellehear is a medical and public health sociologist with interests in death, dying and end of life care. Most of Professor Kellehear's work examines behaviour at the end of life in palliative care, intensive care and aged care contexts. He has conducted major sociological and social psychological research on the human experience of dying. He has also developed public health models for care of the dying, the bereaved and caregivers. These models are based on the application of health promotion, community development, and social ecology ideas and principles. Government policy interests in Australia, India and the UK have taken up his particular adaptation of these models for end of life care. In the UK, the Department of Health, the NHS in England, the NHS in Scotland, the National Council for Palliative Care, and the major charity Help the Hospices have adopted these ideas in their current end of life care policies.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - JOHN APPLEBY.

John Appleby has been Chief Economist at The King’s Fund since 1998. He has worked in the National Health Service in Birmingham and London, and as senior lecturer at the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia.

John has published widely on a range of health care finance and economic issues in books, academic journals, reports, magazines and newspapers. He contributes regularly to the British Medical Journal on economic issues. John has also acted as an adviser to the UK government and parliament in various capacities.

As well as his post at The King’s Fund, John is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics at City University, where he teaches and carries out joint research with colleagues in the City Health Economics Centre.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - MARION COUTTS

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She was born in Nigeria and studied in Scotland. She works in video, film, sculpture and photography. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Wellcome Collection, London. She has held fellowships at Tate Liverpool and Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. In 2001 she married the art critic Tom Lubbock. After his death in 2011, she wrote the introduction to his memoir 'Until Further Notice, I am Alive' and is the editor of English Graphic, an anthology of his essays. Her book 'The Iceberg' was published in 2014. She is a Lecturer in Art at Goldsmiths College and lives in London.
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SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM: 'Under My Skin'.

Cutting across art and medicine, Under My Skin explores and evokes the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre, lifting the veil on a closed, clinical and tightly choreographed world. Drawing on both contemporary #dance   and ancient Bharata Natyam, a South Indian dance form, three highly-skilled performers invite the audience to share an insider’s perspective on #surgical   procedures, where intricate detail, perfect timing and precisely controlled exchanges are not just an artistic goal, but a matter of life and death.

Subathra says about 'Under my skin': "I am trying to open up the intimate world of the operating theatre to the public through dance and spoken word. The collaboration for this piece included spending lots of time in operating theatres. It was incredible to be working with a surgeon who was also actively involved in public engagement by regularly setting up public surgery simulations. The process involved my dancers being part of these surgery simulations and getting real hands on experiences of the subject matter."

'Under my Skin' was Co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West and ICIA Bath. Supported by Akademi, Dance 4, South East Dance, Buckinghamshire New University and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

More about Under My Skin at:

http://www.sadhanadance.com/works/under-my-skin/
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THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE SHORTLIST

The judges have now arrived at a shortlist of artists who will be invited to submit a final entry for the £10,000 Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015. They are:

EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX: 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing'.

IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM: 'Under My Skin'.

CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT: 'CESAR'.

We'd like to offer our congratulations to Edward, Christopher, Ian, Subathra and Christian, and our thanks and commiserations to the longlisted artists and to all of those who sent an expression of interest.

We had a hugely diverse range of submissions this year and we would like to thank all of those who entered for engaging with the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize.

The £10,000 prize will be presented to the winner on Saturday 21 November at Medicine Unboxed: Mortality at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - SALLEY VICKERS.

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, the home of her mother and grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party. Her father was a trade union leader and her mother a social worker. She won a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School (something which caused her father some anxiety because of his dislike of public schools and for a while he felt that she should not attend the school) and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge, with which she recently renewed working ties. She has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. Her first novel, ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite among book clubs and reading groups. She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.
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THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE 2015: LONGLIST

We had an astonishing range of entries for the prize this year.
The judges have been working to select a shortlist of artists who will be invited to submit a final entry for the prize, but felt that they also wanted to publish a longlist. The longlist recognises artists whose work the judges consider to be of an incredibly high standard and that speaks to the themes of the Medicine Unboxed project.

The shortlist will be announced on 20 July.

LEO MAGUIRE 
A project that explores masculine identity in contemporary society through a sculpture of a disabled war veteran.

EDWARD WICKHAM
'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing', a portfolio of works that engage with medical issues through musical presentations.

IAN WILLIAMS
'The Bad Doctor', a story that explores the professional's doubts and feelings of inadequacy, sexual tension in the healthcare setting, negative feelings towards patients, and the ‘doctor as patient’.

SARAH HESKETH
'The Hard Word Box', a collection of poems and texts that reflect the absurdities and depersonalising nature of much of the language used in care.

RAVI THORNTON
'Sasha's Trial', a film that follows sixteen-year-old Sasha, who struggles with anxiety, and her Grandad, who suffers from dementia.

MATT WINKWORTH and CHRIS BUSH
'The Life and Many Deaths of Mary Mallon', a song cycle written for three vocalists about the life of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant at the centre of a typhoid epidemic in turn-of-the-century New York.

LUCY LYONS
'Drawing Parallels', an installation that through drawing, sound, images and text explores people's reactions to foetal and neonatal specimens.

CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT
'CESAR' a series of photographs that document caesarean sections.

RHIAN SOLOMON
'Reconstructing Ourselves', a project that explores the stories, lives and experiences of breast reconstruction patients and staff at The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastics.

SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM
'Under My Skin', a combination of contemporary dance and ancient Bharata Natyam that explores and evokes the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - HENRY MARSH

Henry Marsh is a senior consultant neurosurgeon at St George's Hospital, London, UK. His bestselling book 'Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery' is a completely candid description of the highs and lows of a neurosurgical career. He was also the subject of the award-winning documentary 'The English Surgeon' which tells the story of his visits to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he helped improve upon the medieval brain surgery he witnessed there during his first visit in 1992.
http://www.theenglishsurgeon.com/
Screenings and information about The English Surgeon, a documentary film by Geoffrey Smith with an original soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - REBECCA GOSS

Poet Rebecca Goss' second collection 'Her Birth' was published in July 2013, by Carcanet/Northern House. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and won the Poetry category in The East Anglian Book Awards in 2013. In 2014 she was selected for The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets.
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