The interaction between medicine and literature has been constant over time. Doctors who were also writers, ill people who have told their stories, authors who have either ridiculed or exalted doctors’ role... Stories about epidemics, about bad practices, scams, success stories... What can we learn from all of these?
Biotechnology can give answers to different social challenges: biomedical issues, such as the need to provide a solution for illnesses and infections, or food issues, such as producing enough to feed an ever-increasing world population.
On the occasion of Mètode's 25th anniversary, we bring back issue number 80, dedicated to the current situation of science communication in written press and its next challenges for the next few years.
In the winter of 2015/16, Mètode devoted a monograph to health communication, specially focusing on the role played by mass media in issues such as sanitary crisis, the stigmatization of some illness or public health campaigns.
Women have been traditionally excluded from the public sphere – education, politics, art and culture – and confined to the domestic sphere. This situation has experimented a slow steady change in different areas since the late modern period. A more liberal society has allowed the progressive incorporation of women to public life.