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

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Measuring Breath: from cadavers to spirometers

Measuring Breath: from cadavers to spirometers

New Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Coreen McGuire introduces her research: Last seen fleeing the scene of the crime, the suspect was a white male in his mid-40s and was approximately 5’9, of a somewhat stocky build… This is the way … Read more…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around a central theme relating to breath, breathing and breathlessness. The aim is not to discuss key research findings, but rather … Read more…

Medievalism and the Medical Humanities

Medievalism and the Medical Humanities

Some may wonder why our project includes the consideration of medieval thoughts and practices relating to the breath. What can studying them possibly offer modern medicine? In a special edition of the journal postmedieval two of our project team, Prof Corinne … Read more…

Eight things that have changed since the smoking ban ten years ago

Eight things that have changed since the smoking ban ten years ago

This post was originally published by The Conversation. Anthropologist and Life of Breath team member Andrew Russell writes: It’s hard to think back to what English pubs and clubs were like before the law about smoke-free public places came into force … Read more…

The uses and abuses of air (2)

The uses and abuses of air (2)

The header shows Capacity by Annie Cattrell, part of the Royal West of England Academy exhibition ‘Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017’. This post and ‘The uses and abuses of air (1)’ also appear in the publication accompanying the … Read more…

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