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'Humans', Healthcare Cyborgs and the Quantified Self

‘Humans’, Healthcare Cyborgs and the Quantified Self

Many people have been intrigued by a TV advert for Persona Synthetics inviting them to experience ‘the new generation synthetic human’. This was actually a clever marketing ploy for Channel 4/AMC series Humans. The programme deals with themes that are familiar... More…
Unequal Health: The scandal of our times by Danny Dorling, 2013, Policy Press

Unequal Health: The scandal of our times by Danny Dorling, 2013, Policy Press

Is the UK becoming more like the US, when it ought to be following the example of its Scandinavian neighbours instead? With inequalities in mortality widening dramatically in the UK and the US, this is one of the arguments made... More…
Waiting for the Xenografts...

Waiting for the Xenografts…

David Hamilton 2012 A History of Organ Transplantation. Ancient Legends to Modern Practice. University of Pittsburgh Press. Transplant surgery holds a certain fascination, both for its potential to restore a broken human body and for the prospect of Frankenstein-horrors that... More…
The high cost of living: a materially mediated encounter

The high cost of living: a materially mediated encounter

My cost of living just went up. In a small supermarket in Lower Saxony, I bought a pint of milk with a 50 euro note and got change as if I’d paid with 10 euros. I noticed straight away, but... More…
Much ado about nothing?

Much ado about nothing?

Shakespeare. Staging the World British Museum exhibition: 19 July to 25 November 2012 This exhibition seeks to create a dialogue between the imaginary worlds of Shakespeare’s plays and objects from the actual world that he and his contemporary audiences inhabited.... More…
Gender, sexuality and mental illness in Homeland

Gender, sexuality and mental illness in Homeland

This review first appeared on the BMJ blog The American television network Showtime is becoming synonymous with highly acclaimed drama and post 9/11 series Homeland (2011) is no exception. Barack Obama is reportedly a huge fan of the programme and... More…
A page-turner about Primitive Natives, Mad Scientists, The Female Reproductive System and How Not to Do A Randomised Control Trial…. (really)

A page-turner about Primitive Natives, Mad Scientists...

Anna Patchett 2012 State of Wonder. Bloomsbury The Big Battalions of the international pharmaceutical industry will stop at nothing in their pursuit of profit, right? And megalomaniac scientists living in ethics-free zones are the ones who call the shots, yeah?... More…
Extreme Breastfeeding?

Extreme Breastfeeding?

Few issues generate more controversy than whether women breast or bottle feed their infants (with the exception perhaps of ‘natural’ versus ‘caesarian’ births). So what happens if the story features not an infant but a toddler or older child who... More…
Funny bodies

Funny bodies

Stelarc is the artist who grew an ear on his arm. Growing an ear on your arm should be funny, right? Stelarc (originally Stelios Arcadiou) explores how bodies can be liberated from familiar limitations and opened up as a host... More…
Infection, Zombies and Us

Infection, Zombies and Us

Over the last few years we have seen plagues and infection gain a regular place in popular fiction – arguably this is due to ‘infection hysteria’ in news stories about ‘swine and avian flu’, ‘SARS’ and earlier ‘HIV’ panics.  This... More…