Join me for the launch of my latest book, MR. HUMBLE AND DR. BUTCHER! I’ll be giving a short author talk and Q&A with renowned science journalist Ed Yong at McNally Jackson. Details and RSVP below! We will be presenting this event virtually, using Zoom. RSVP here. The mesmerizing biography
Every day, people are dying from COVID-19. They are our family members, our friends, our neighbors and community members. For most, there will be no traditional wakes, funerals, memorials, burials or church ceremonies to help us process our emotions. So how do we begin to grieve and make sense of
‘We’re Going to See What Else the Word Funeral Can Mean’ — As the coronavirus pandemic limits people’s ability to mourn, they are finding new ways to say goodbye. I was honored to be among those interviewed for Jodi Kantor’s latest in NYT Dilemmas. This series takes a long hard
Grief in the time of coronavirus: How will the way we mourn change? Read this article at @globeandmail! Ashes to ashes, adjust adjust: The ancient, deeply human instinct to physically gather in times of death has now run up against social-distancing practices. But COVID-19 might just serve as an opportunity
The Surprisingly Old Science of Living as Transgender: In the 20th century’s middle decades, the first recipient of phalloplasty surgery fought to be recognized as a man. See my essay at VOICES/Opinions, Scientific American @Sciam: In early March of 1958, Michael Dillon, ship’s surgeon, made his way below deck. A
I’m thrilled to announce that my next book will come out with Simon & Schuster! In another of life’s lessons that truth is stranger that fiction, I’ll be telling the remarkable story of a monkey’s head, the Pope’s neuroscientist, and an international quest to transplant the soul. There’s a two headed dog, too, just for good measure.
Medical humanities is a means of reflection upon and examination of biomedicine in context—and a recognition that context is politicized, culturally complex, and frequently ambiguous. But to see such a broad a vista needs a broad approach. My aim isn’t to define the medicine humanities as a single, static instrument or lens. Instead, we want to reconsider the medical humanities as radical dialogic encounter—a place for conversation with those outside our own areas of specialty.
Steampunk is fiction…or is it fact? Dr. Brandy Schillace takes the audience along a fascinating investigation into the true tales of Steampunk Science in her 2015 TEDxCLE talk. Historian and author Dr. Schillace writes about intersections of medicine, history, and literature. She works as Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow