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Durham University



Publication details for Professor Martyn Evans

Evans, H. M. (2016). Medical Humanities and the Place of Wonder. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A. & Woods, A. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 339-355.

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It will be the argument of this chapter that, among the critiques that could be thought to contribute to a critical medical humanities, at least one may turn out to bear upon an important – but generally tacit – presumption in mainstream medical humanities. The presumption in question is that, taking our materiality and embodiment for granted, medical humanities’ principal task is to return the patient’s voice to prominence within the clinical encounter. The particular critique I have in mind involves disputing this very taken-for-granted-ness of our embodiment, and cautioning against replacing medicine’s neglect of the personal with medical humanities’ neglect of...