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CHH Annual Lecture: Medical Humanities à la Française

Council Room K2.29 Strand Campus King's College London
31/05/2016 (18:00-20:15)

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'Bichat Mourant' by Louis Hersent 


A double billing that will consider the contributions of modern French writers to the development of the Medical Humanities

‘Taking a holiday between life and death’ – the writings of the French doctor-writer Jean Reverzy (1914-1959) 

Iain Bamforth is a Scottish poet and essayist, with several volumes of poetry and prose to his name. He grew up in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow medical school. For over twenty years he has combined work in France as a general practitioner and a public health consultant with literary scholarship and translation, and has published commentaries on texts across a swathe of intellectual, cultural and medical history (some of which can be read on his website: He has a penchant for introducing anglophone readers to important medical texts they previously were unaware of, and his talk for the 2016 Annual Medical Humanities Lecture is likely to do so again

‘The human experience suggested by his words’ (Malraux, Lazare): Putting French Literature on the Medical Humanities Map

Dr Anna Magdalena Elsner is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of French and the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London. Previously a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University, Anna has published widely on mourning, melancholia and memory in twentieth-century French literature with a particular focus on the work of Marcel Proust. She is currently working on a book on the clinical encounter in twentieth-century French literature and preparing a new research project on literary and cultural aspects of palliative care.

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