Exploring breathing and breathlessness at the interface between arts, humanities and medical practice

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Graphic Medicine: Breathing new insights into illness narratives with comics

Graphic Medicine: Breathing new insights into illness narratives with comics

Brian Callender is an internal medicine physician from the University of Chicago interested in the health humanities, with a focus on the theory and practice of “graphic medicine” to understand and improve our understanding of health, illness and the delivery of … Read more…

‘Race Correction’ in Medicine: A History of Lung Function Measurements

‘Race Correction’ in Medicine: A History of Lung Function Measurements

The Life of Breath project was delighted to host Professor Lundy Braun in Bristol recently to speak at our bi-annual team meeting “Breathing Space” along with a special public lecture. Life of Breath researcher Coreen McGuire reflects on Lundy’s visit…  … Read more…

Breathlessness: from bodily symptom to existential experience (Williams & Carel, 2018)

Breathlessness: from bodily symptom to existential experience (Williams & Carel, 2018)

Tina Williams and Havi Carel have contributed a chapter on breathlessness to this new essay collection which explores the experience of illness, ‘what it means’ and ‘what it feels like’ to be ill. Tina Williams and Havi Carel. 2018. Breathlessness: … Read more…

Invisible Suffering: The Experience of Breathlessness (Carel, 2018)

Invisible Suffering: The Experience of Breathlessness (Carel, 2018)

In this book chapter, Havi considers breathlessness from a phenomenological perspective, reframing it as an existential, social, personal, cultural and psychological phenomenon, rather than a medical symptom. (Read more about the book on our blog). Havi Carel. 2018. Invisible Suffering: … Read more…

Respiratory Philosophy

Respiratory Philosophy

A new book on the philosophy of breathing entitled Atmospheres of Breathing is now out, with a chapter by Life of Breath Principle Investigator Havi Carel. The above image “LUNGTREE VI” by photographer Maja Bjelica is featured on the cover. One … Read more…

Upcoming Events

Singing for Lung Health group

Singing for Lung Health group

Every Wednesday 1:00pm, Bristol … Read more…

Epistemic Petrification Conference

Epistemic Petrification Conference

EPISTEMIC PETRIFICATION CONFERENCE 2-3 July … Read more…

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