News, events and publications

We host regular extra curricular events – lectures, seminars, films, reading groups, workshops. These are free and open to everyone. We hope we will see you sometime this year at one of them! To register your interest, either as a participant or to suggest events and speakers, please email us at .

If you'd like to hear about the lastest events as they are released, please sign up for our bi-weekly(ish) newsletter here. We mention new items in every newsletter and older items are always available online here until the event or item ends.

Creative Doctors' Network

A regular meeting of doctors who are interested in the arts and creativity is held at the AMA House, 69 Christie Street, St Leonards. Dr Tony Chu established the group in 2007, and the group has steadily grown since then.
You don't have to be an AMA Member to be part of the group, any medical practitioner and medical student can join the database - email for information.

Royal Australian College of Physicians Library

The RACP library hosts a regular series of historical talks and other events, upcoming events can be found on their website.
Contact the Librarian on (02) 9256 5413 or for further information and bookings. Entry is $10 at the door including refreshments.

Exhibitions, other events

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War, an exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, will tour US libraries in 2013 but you can see it online here.

MA or MSc Medical Humanities King’s College London Centre for the Humanities and Health is offering interdisciplinary masters courses including MA or MSc Medical Humanities – a program examining the relationship between the humanities, science and medicine, and how humanistic principles operate in healthcare and clinical practice.

Publications and resources

Calls for submissions

  • Academic Medicine
    Seeking submissions inspired the academic medicine experience, in any visual medium, to be featured on the cover of the journal. Submissions should be inspired by some aspect of the “academic medicine experience” – for example, learning how to be a physician or scientist, caring for patients, exploring research questions, making a new discovery, teaching, or being sick in a teaching hospital. Browse AM Cover Art Gallery to view past selections.
  • Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)
    JAR is a new international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies. Visit
  • Pulse Poetry Submissions
    Pulse is a weekly online publication of medical writing. Please review and follow our Submission Guidelines carefully.
    Looking for short fiction, poetry and imagery related to illness, the body, health and recovery. We publish twice per year but accept submissions year-round.
  • Radius
    Radius is accepting poetry submissions from alumni of the University of Sydney. Radius, the joint newsletter of the MAA and Sydney Medical School, is produced three times a year and includes the news, views, events and initiatives of Sydney Medical School. Submit to Beth Quinlivan.
  • The Healing Muse
    The Healing Muse is accepting submissions from past contributors, new writers and visual artists. Guidelines can be found here.
  • Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine seeks article submissions for its Arts and Humanities section. Articles may take the form of either analytical pieces of less than 6000 words which supply historical, medical, or policy analysis on a specific topic, or narrative pieces of less than 3000 words which provide personal perspectives on medical or biomedical topics. YJBM is a quarterly journal for the biological and medical communities which is reviewed and edited by Yale biomedical faculty and students. See here for details.

Publications of interest

  • Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties edited by Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson, Richard C. Keller.
    Our understandings of culture, citizenship, and self have a history that is colonial and psychoanalytic, but, until now, this intersection has scarcely been explored, much less examined in comparative perspective. Taking on that project, Unconscious Dominions assembles essays based on research in Australia, Brazil, France, Haiti, and Indonesia, as well as India, North Africa, and West Africa. Even as they reveal the modern psychoanalytic subject as constitutively colonial, they shed new light on how that subject went global: how people around the world came to recognize the hybrid configuration of unconscious, ego, and superego in themselves and others. Go here for details.
  • Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China by Marta Hanso.
    This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of replacing older narratives that stress progress and linear development with accounts that pay attention to geographic, intellectual, and cultural diversity. By doing so her book integrates the history of Chinese medicine into broader historical studies in a way that has not so far been attempted, and addresses a readership much wider than that of Chinese medicine specialists. For more information see here.
  • Nursing Before Nightingale, 1815 – 1899, by Carol Helmstadter and Judith Godden
    Published by Ashgate November 2011; ISBN 978-1-4094-2313-3.
    Nursing Before Nightingale is a study of the transformation of nursing in England from the beginning of the nineteenth century until the emergence of the Nightingale nurse as the standard model in the 1890s. From the nineteenth century onwards historians have considered Florence Nightingale, with her training school established at St. Thomas's Hospital in 1860, the founder of modern nursing. This book investigates two major earlier reforms in nursing: a doctor-driven reform which came to be called the 'ward system,' and the reforms of the Anglican Sisters, known as the 'central system' of nursing. Rather than being the beginning of nursing reform, Nightingale nursing was the culmination of these two earlier reforms. This title is also available as an ebook, ISBN 978-1-4094-2314-0.
    See here for more details.
  • Japan’s Wartime Medical Atrocities: Comparative Inquiries in Science, History and Ethics
    Co-edited by Jing Bao Nie, Nanyan Guo, Mark Selden, Arthur Kleinman; Routledge paperback 2011
    Prior to and during the Second World War, the Japanese Army established programs of biological warfare throughout China and elsewhere. In these “factories of death,” including the now-infamous Unit 731, Japanese doctors and scientists conducted large numbers of vivisections and experiments on human beings, mostly Chinese nationals. However, as a result of complex historical factors including an American cover-up of the atrocities, Japanese denials, and inadequate responses from successive Chinese governments, justice has never been fully served. This volume brings together the contributions of a group of scholars from different countries and various academic disciplines.
    It examines Japan’s wartime medical atrocities and their postwar aftermath from a comparative perspective and inquires into perennial issues of historical memory, science, politics, society and ethics elicited by these rebarbative events. The volume’s central ethical claim is that the failure to bring justice to bear on the systematic abuse of medical research by Japanese military medical personnel more than six decades ago has had a profoundly retarding influence on the development and practice of medical and social ethics in all of East Asia. The book also includes an extensive annotated bibliography selected from relevant publications in Japanese, Chinese and English.
    For more information, see
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