Chronic breathlessness: re-thinking the symptom (Macnaughton et al, 2018)

The Life of Breath team, like our colleagues at Breathe Oxford, recently responded to the proposal that defining chronic breathlessness as…

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Imaging and Imagining COPD (Wainwright, 2017)

What do people with COPD think their lungs look like? Ideas about what is going on inside the body can…

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Breath, Pulse and Measure

In his manifesto ‘Projective Verse’ (1950) the poet Charles Olson proposed a new view of poetic structure based on the…

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To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

  A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly…

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…

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Inspiring change: humanities and social science insights into the experience and management of breathlessness

Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Jane Macnaughton argue that, in order to treat breathlessness more effectively, we need a greater understanding of…

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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 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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‘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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“This is what my breath looks like”

Nicola Caroli, breath teacher, writes: “This is what my breath looks like and when you have no breath you can…

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‘All his heart was cold’

In honour of the Glastonbury Festival, Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes a post with an Arthurian flavour (see also ‘Arthur’s…

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‘Sing sweetly for tobacco!’

In the second of a series of posts about smoking (see also ‘A three-pipe problem’), Project Manager (Bristol) on the…

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‘A physical event’

Project Manager (Bristol) for Life of Breath Jess Farr-Cox writes: I have written elsewhere (see ‘Taking a deep breath’) about the…

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A three-pipe problem

In the first of a series of posts on smoking (see also ‘Sing sweetly for tobacco!‘), Jess Farr-Cox (Project Manager (Bristol)…

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