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The limits of narrative: provocations for the medical humanities
  • A. Woods
  • Art
    Medical Humanities
  • 28 October 2011
TLDR
It is argued that ‘Against Narrativity’ can and should stimulate robust debate within the medical humanities regarding the limits of narrative, and a range of possibilities for venturing ‘beyond narrative’ are discussed.
The voice-hearer
  • A. Woods
  • Medicine
    Journal of mental health
  • 21 May 2013
Background For 25 years, the international Hearing Voices Movement and the UK Hearing Voices Network have campaigned to improve the lives of people who hear voices. In doing so, they have introduced
Culture and Hallucinations: Overview and Future Directions
TLDR
It is argued that the extant body of work suggests that culture does indeed have a significant impact on the experience, understanding, and labeling of hallucinations and that there may be important theoretical and clinical consequences of that observation.
Better Than Mermaids and Stray Dogs? Subtyping Auditory Verbal Hallucinations and Its Implications for Research and Practice
TLDR
This article explores how AVH subtypes may be identified at the levels of phenomenology, cognition, neurology, etiology, treatment response, diagnosis, and voice hearer’s own interpretations, including the need for a subtype assessment tool.
Voice-Hearing and Personification: Characterizing Social Qualities of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in Early Psychosis
TLDR
The findings highlight significant personification of AVH even at first clinical presentation, and personified voices appear to be distinguished less by their intrinsic properties, commanding qualities, or connection with trauma than by their affordances for conversation and companionship.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations
TLDR
It is argued that an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenology of AVH can nourish the ethical core of scientific enquiry by challenging its interpretive paradigms, and offer voice hearers richer, potentially more empowering ways to make sense of their experiences.
The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre
TLDR
An interdisciplinary, critical medical humanities analysis of the politics and possibilities of Recovery Narrative is offered, drawing literary theoretical concepts of genre and philosophical approaches to the narrative self into conversation with the critiques of recovery advanced by survivor-researchers, sociologists and mad studies scholars.
Post-Narrative - An Appeal.
TLDR
This article calls for scholars in the medical humanities to undertake this project through critically (re)engaging the work of Galen Strawson, Paul Atkinson and Crispin Sartwell.
Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities
  • A. Woods
  • Art
    Medical Humanities
  • 9 June 2014
Edited by Victoria Bates, Alan Bleakley, Sam Goodman. Published by Routledge, 2013, hardback, 304 pages. ISBN 978-0415644310, £84.99. One of the defining features of the medical humanities is the
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