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Forensic Arts Therapies: Anthology of Practice and Research

: Kate Rothwell (Editor)

The field of forensic arts therapies is dynamic and diverse, and so this unique volume covers a fascinating range of work.  It brings together a collection of presentations given at FATAG conferences, case studies, research, new developments in theory, and explorations in the peculiarities of forensic arts therapies: art, music, drama, and dance.     Therapists work with male and female offenders in detained in prisons or secure health care units, or sometimes with patients involved in probation or counselling services, victim support, and other services and institutions concerned with understanding the causes and effects of crime.   The experiences described are often difficult, but also very rewarding for all involved.  Arts therapy (in any of its forms) regularly has a profound and beneficial effect on the life of an offender.  This thought-provoking and enlightening work gives an insight into how these skilled professionals have been a necessary part of UK forensic services for more than four decades.     The Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group (FATAG) is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide support, advice and opportunities for continuing professional development for arts therapists working in forensic or secure settings and trainee arts therapists on clinical placement in forensics.  FATAG provides a safe space to share difficult, complex and, at times, painful work not easily shared amongst a non-forensic audience. Read more…

Fine (Not Fine): Perspectives and Experiences of Postnatal Depression

What happens when a mother says she is ‘fine’ but really she is not?  Post-natal depression (PND), an illness which affects four in ten new mothers, is still stigmatised, and devastatingly misunderstood.   In Fine (not Fine), Bridget Hargreave charts her own experiences of depression following the birth of her sons and records the histories of a collection of mothers with a diverse range of perinatal mental health problems, such as anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and ante-natal depression.  She includes the stories of the mother who was hospitalised with severe depression, the mother who was so anxious she was physically sick every day, the mother whose birth trauma means just hearing the word “midwife” leaves her in a cold sweat, and the mother who bravely and honestly outlines the plans she made to end her own life.   Brought together by a series of interviews with mental health professionals and charities campaigning for changes in perinatal care, Fine (not Fine) tells the story of a hidden epidemic, and the remarkable people fighting it. Read more…

Doctors on the Edge: General Practitioners, Health and Learning in the Inner-city

: West, Linden.

This title focuses on the work, well-being and lives of doctors during a period of constant change and crisis in the National Health Service and of growing anxiety about levels of clinical competence and accountability. The alarming number of well-publicized “failures” by medics – at the Royal Bristol Children’s Hospital, the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, for instance, and the appalling breach of trust by Dr Harold Shipman -the Manchester General Practitioner found guilty of murdering 15 patients – has led to a Government enquiry into the accountability of the profession. All, it seems, is far from well among medics. Linden West’s text shows how GPs are responding to their changing roles in a changing society; and how such responses may be understood in a context of whole life histories as well as within the norms of medical culture. Doctors, as a profession, have tended, for many reasons, to hide behind a professional curtain in what can be a very “male” world. Some matters – surrounding the emotional well-being of doctors – are hard for doctors to talk about in this world where, too often, they have been taught to cope, like “good men should”. The book reveals the emotional problems doctors face and, unlikely, provides space for them to tell their stories of struggles to become more authentic, and reflective as well as “effective” practitioners. We are presented with insights into what is a deeply gendered world in which many women doctors feel torn between caring at work and for their families, and where men can be absent from “women’s work”, at home and in the surgery; a culture too where racism still pervades attitudes towards “minority” doctors. This is also an environment in which cultural and emotional understandings have tended to be disparaged as “soft” in the name of a harder science. The book provides heroic tales of GPs transcending the shortcomings of training, and the misogyny and racism pervading their profession. Read more…

Beyond Health: Postmodernism and Embodiment

: Fox, Nick.

This study applies poststructuralist and post-modern ideas to issues of health and health care to provide a radical re-think of how health is to be understood. Dr. Nick Fox offers a perspective in which health is seen as an affirmation of potential rather than a narrow biopsychosocial construct. The author develops his notion of archehealth, providing an account of a wide range of post-structuralist and post-modern theoretical perspectives and their relevance to the field of health. The book is divided into three sections; the first section explores issues of power and control in health settings; the second looks ta resistance to such power and control; the final section addresses ways in which post-structuralist and post-modern approaches may be used as research methodology. In each chapter the author explains and apllies a selection of theoretical perspectives. These include Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Deleuze, Guattari, Cixous, Haraway, Kristeva, Beck, Barthes, Tyler, Landow, Bauman, Cascardi, Baudrillard and Atkinson. Read more…

Telemedicine and Telehealth: Principles, Policies, Performance and Pitfalls

: Darkins, Adam ; Cary, Margaret.

A new millennium now looks set to bring yet another cultural shock. The information age is bringing a new generation of information scientists, together with the hardware and software technologies they generate, into the field of health care. The advantages of these new technologies associated with medicine are countless. Telehealth can bring health care directly to patients, improve the quality of health care, provide equity of access to health care services and reduce the cost of delivering health care. This book brings together the perspectives of a male British-trained specialist physician, Adam Willam Darkins who has worked in the British National Health Service and now works in the United States, and Margaret Ann Cary, a female US family physician who has trained and worked in the United States and United Kingdom. As a result, this book offers a backdrop of private versus nationalised health care systems existing in countries with highly competitive and deregulated telecommunication environments, and looks at a range of models and solutions to make Telehealth work in different health care situations. Read more…

Complementary and Alternative Medicines: Knowledge in Practice

: Cant, Sarah; Sharma, Ursula. Health Studies.

Until recently, complementary medical knowledge has generally been treated as ‘marginal’ or ‘heterodox’ knowledge. However, the rise of complementary medicine within health-care systems has signalled the end of its marginal status. With this have come concerns about how knowledge is generated within complementary therapies; what kind of authority can be accorded to such knowledge; the nature of research agendas; what ideas and skills are central to training and how they are transmitted. This book examines these concerns in relation to a range of healing practices: acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, reflexology, Chi Kung, herbalism and osteopathy. The contributors to bring sociological, anthropological and practitioner perspectives to the growing debate about the future of complementary medicine. Edited by Sarah Cant and Ursula Sharma. Read more…

Every Person’s Guide to Antioxidants

: Smythies, John.

Millions of people take vitamins to supplement their diet. One type of vitamin, antioxidants, including familiar vitamins such as C, E, beta-carotene and melatonin, has become especially popular and equally controversial. Oxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in our bodies that are derived from oxygen to facilitate essential biochemical operations. Antioxidants counteract oxidative stress, which is the overproduction of these otherwise useful chemicals or failure of normal antioxidant mechanisms. Oxidative stress has been linked to the development of many chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, coronary heart disease, Alzheimers, asthma, schizophrenia and AIDs. Smythies surveys and evaluates the current scientific work on this subject in detail and suggests that a high proportion of these diseases can be prevented, or their onset delayed, by attention to the proper intake of antioxidants in the diet. He examines the debate over whether this necessary intake can be achieved by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet or whether supplements are needed, and discusses the toxicity of antioxidants and under what circumstances they should be given with caution or not at all. John Smythies’ book is important reading for anyone interested in maintaining or improving their health, as well as healthcare professionals. Read more…

Asylum to Anarchy

: Baron, Claire.

Following the classic work on asylums by Erving Goffman, this is a studyby Claire Baron of democratic tyranny, a tyranny of the therapeutic, in which naked power replaced the ideals of a therapeutic community designed to eliminate hierarchy and bureaucracy. It is a detailed study of a London day hospital, a model community for psychoanalytic treatment in a democratic setting which went badly wrong in its attempt to capture the momentum of de-institutionalization in mental health care. It is also a critique of power for our time, as it moves well beyond a case study to analyse shifts in social control. Read more…

Skin Disease: A Message from the Soul

: Maguire, Anne.

Anne Maguire is a specialist dermatologist, trained in London and Paris, and an analytical psychologist, trained at the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, who lectures widely and is in private practice in London. In this text, she examines the unconscious psychic background of acute, but mainly chronic skin disease. Read more…

Autism: Debates and Testimonies

: Ribas, Denys.

Childhood autism is a fascinating and disturbing disorder that has given rise to contentious debates, which often end in impasse. Here, Denys Ribas reviews this enigmatic condition, focusing on the work of Hans Asperger, which paved the way for institutional care and has wider importance than has often been recognized, and on testimonies provided by former sufferers from autism and on the analytic psychotherapy of a child. The author examines all the theories under discussion today, including developments in genetics and the access to symbolisation and, in a constant concern with clinical practice, instigates a constructive debate between the traditionally conflicting views of psychoanalysis and the cognitive sciences. Written in a lucid style that explains the concepts with reference to a glossary, this book will be relevant not only to students, professionals and parents who are dealing with the psychic difficulties of autistic children and the challenge of treating them, but also to anyone with a general interest in the development of thought and language. Read more…