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

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Singing Away Shyness

Singing Away Shyness

Singing teacher Deborah Hudson writes: There I was, lying on a couch with a whole lot of acupuncture pins in my head when the idea dawned on me. I should write a book which would encourage even the shyest person … Read more…

Managing expectations? Cynicism and the medical humanities

Managing expectations? Cynicism and the medical humanities

Durham post-doc Arthur Rose writes; According to Diogenes Laertius, the Ancient Greek cynic Diogenes of Sinope ‘died voluntarily by holding his breath’ (VI, 76). Now, of course, we know that people do not die when they hold their breaths. Legions … Read more…

Cynicism as a strategic virtue

Cynicism as a strategic virtue

Cynicism is often associated with indifference and fatalism – traits which are undoubtedly undesirable among healthcare professionals. However, in this article the authors argue that ‘healthy’ cynicism can be a valuable trait – it can form part of a protective response by physicians … Read more…

Under the Surface

Under the Surface

Composer and academic Toby Young writes: ‘Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living and art helps’ (John Cage) Music and breath are inseparable. From a singer inhaling audibly before launching into an epic chorus, to … Read more…

A phenomenology of illness, part 2

A phenomenology of illness, part 2

Following on from part 1, Life of Breath PI Havi Carel writes: What is breathlessness? This is a seemingly simple question. Why, it’s the well-known experience of panting, perhaps getting hot and sweaty, maybe a heaving of the chest, or … Read more…

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