Instrumentalized Images: The Trouble with Representation, Truth, and Affective Power in Histories of American Gynecology

Thanks to crucial scholarship and committed activism, recent years have witnessed increased reporting and public-facing writing about the histories of racialized violence at the crux of gynecology’s emergence in the United States. Much of this writing centers the figure of J. Marion Sims. In a media landscape that seems to demand visual accompaniment, authors and…

Humanizing Black Patients

Misconceptions and Fallacies on Race and Medical Treatment The Health Humanities is the study of the intersection of health and humanistic disciplines (such as philosophy, religion, literature)  fine arts, as well as social science research that gives insight to the human condition (such as history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.)* The Health Humanities use methods…

Grief, Denial, and Racial Violence in the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part III)

Jonathan Chou // For Part I: I become inscrutable to myself For Part II: No sacrifice is excessive III. Finding a relational home In the previous section, I argued that the war metaphor engenders a derealizing self and other relation that precludes the realization of our interdependency and the ethics of nonviolence conditioned by loss….

Grief, Denial, and Racial Violence in the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part I)

Jonathan Chou // This article in three parts is adapted from a critical theory essay that I wrote in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020. It feels strange and even a little unbelievable that I wrote that essay then; the words “manic defense” and “intellectualization” come to mind. It is clear…

Using Narrative Medicine to Improve Public Health Messaging

Marcus Mosley // According to the CDC, 1 in 2 Black/African-American gay, bisexual, same gender loving and other men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.1 In facing such statistical odds, it is imperative that the public health community engage in messaging that not only reaches this group…