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Literature & Medicine

Send proposals via mail or e-mail to:
Will Underwood, Director
The Kent State University Press
1118 Library
Kent, OH 44242-0001 USA
wunderwo@kent.edu
Michael Blackie, Editor
Carol Donley and Martin Kohn, Founding Editors
The Literature and Medicine series focus on the human context of illness and health through multiple genres; from poems, short stories, and drama to critical essays, memoirs, and historical accounts. Titles in the series are designed to provide students, educators, and health care professionals with key texts and strategies for humanities-based inquiry. We are particularly interested in multi-authored anthologies that present the diverse experiences of illness and healing, death and dying, and the normal and the pathological for use in classrooms and other educational settings.

Human Voices Wake Us

| Filed under: Literature & Medicine, Medicine, Poetry
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Doctors today are struggling: debt, divorce, substance abuse, burnout, suicide. They succeed or fail on professional treadmills; patient encounters measured out with coffee spoons. The doctor-patient relationship is crumbling. Bureaucratic and corporate masters make their never-ending arguments of insidious intent. The overwhelming questions: Now where…

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Keeping Reflection Fresh

and | Filed under: Literature & Medicine, Recent Releases
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Curriculum committees at health professional schools are determined that faculty engage students in reflection. Reflective practice invites students to inquire into their own thoughts, biases, assumptions, feelings, and behaviors and to reconnect with their own sense of purpose and commitment to their work. In Keeping…

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Mysterious Medicine

| Filed under: Literature & Literary Criticism, Literature & Medicine, Medicine, Recent Releases
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe were masters of mystery and fantasy, but they also engaged real controversies surrounding individual health, health care practice, and biomedical research in nineteenth-century America. During this volatile era, when mesmerists, phrenologists, and other pseudoscientists reigned and “regular” physicians were…

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What’s Left Out

| Filed under: Fiction, Literature & Medicine, Medicine
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Conventional medical narratives often fail to capture the incoherent, surreal, and logic-twisting reality of the contemporary healthcare experience, where mystery, absurdity, and even cruelty are disguised as logic, reason, and compassion. In this new collection of stories by physician and writer Jay Baruch, characters struggle…

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When the Nurse Becomes a Patient

| Filed under: Literature & Medicine, Medicine
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In the summer of 2013, Cortney Davis, a nurse practitioner and author who often writes about her interactions with patients, underwent routine one-day surgery. A surgical mishap led to a series of life-altering and life-threatening complications, resulting in two prolonged hospital stays and a lengthy…

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The Widows’ Handbook

and | Filed under: Literature & Medicine
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The Widows’ Handbook is the first anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster…

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Tenderly Lift Me

| Filed under: Literature & Medicine, Medicine
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Those who teach the literature of medicine have questioned why there is a lack of rich materials that connects nursing and the humanities. Author and poet Jeanne Bryner has gathered biographical sketches of remarkable nurses, each accompanied by poetry and photographs, and has created the…

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