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…

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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…

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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…

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A Painful Silence: bringing domestic violence into conversation

The header image shows a representation of the three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no…

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Breathe Easy Durham Dales at Breathing Space

The header photograph was taken by Paul Waine, and shows Bev Wears of the British Lung Foundation and Rebecca Oxley,…

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Restoring Breath: Questions, medical advancements and the importance of bystander participation

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath project, writes a post prompted by the inaugural lecture of Prof….

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Our Battle for Breath: making lung health a priority

This is the fourth and final blog post in a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report….

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‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’: mesothelioma in literature

This is the third of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to…

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How does culture shape the language of breathlessness?

This is the second of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to…

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Why is breathlessness invisible?

This is the first of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on…

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A phenomenology of illness

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel writes: The experience of illness is a universal and substantial part of human existence….

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‘Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air!’

David Scoins (lifelong runner, sometime sports teacher) spent seven years in China; a year or more in each of Xi’an, Nanjing,…

Reflections on vaping 1: An introduction to the world of cloud-chasing

This post is the first of a series on vaping and vape tricks by Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral researcher in anthropology on the Life of…

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Nothing but blue skies

This post is written jointly by Jess Farr-Cox (Life of Breath Project Manager (Bristol) and recently back from a trip…

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Breath: the conductor of the body-mind orchestra

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  We’ve all experienced the shortness of breath associated with fear, nerves, anger…

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‘Out of his nostrils goeth smoke’: whales, whaling and breathing fire

In the second of a series of posts on cetaceans (see also ‘The cetaceans may give rise to some perplexity‘),…

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The First and Last Breath: reflections from palliative & neonatal care

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  In his brilliant book Being Mortal (2015) Atul Gawande calls for all…

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Letter to my lungs

Elspeth Penny is an arts, health and communication specialist. She has a letter writing project and a creative consultancy  and writes,…

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‘The cetaceans may give rise to some complexity’: breathlessness in whales and dolphins

In the first of a series of posts on cetaceans (see also ‘Out of his nostrils goeth smoke‘, Project Manager…

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Every Last Breath (2)

In an essay that first appeared in Atrium: The Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program (Spring 2011, p….

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Every Last Breath (1)

In an essay that first appeared in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction (Spring 2011, pp. 117-118), professor of English Joanne Jacobson writes:…

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‘With wide lungs’: smoking, wind and air in W. Somerset Maugham’s The Merry-Go-Round

Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes: The Merry-Go-Round is not as well-known as other works by W. Somerset Maugham, such…

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Arthur’s ‘labouring of the lungs’ in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Elsa Hammond is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, working on breath and death in the poetry of…

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Metaphysics and Heavy Breathing (or Tippett’s Fourth Symphony)

Composer Toby Young writes: Tippett’s Fourth Symphony is a vast and complex tone poem, concerned with life, death and the…

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