Health and literature

Call for papers

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? Literature can incite empathy to both doctors and patients. It can help to see people in all their complexity and not only like mere medical cases or simple prescriptions distributors. Literature based on clinical practice, written from the patient’s perspective, or simply from an external observation of illnesses and therapeutic processes, shapes our collective images and concepts of health and disease.

Mètode is preparing a monograph about literature and health. We invite people who are researching this field to send us their analysis and works about the links between literature, health and medicine: medical professionals as authors and protagonists, patients’ stories, metaphors associated with diseases, the fear towards epidemics and their reflection in fiction, therapeutic spaces in literature (hospitals, spaces, etc.) the role of subjects such as «narrative medicine» in medical training, as well as any other reflection on these or other subjects.

Submission instructions

Deadline: 3 July 2017
Languages: English, Catalan and Spanish
Limit: 16,000 – 20,000 characters including spaces. For more information, see Author guidelines.

Mètode Science Studies Journal is indexed in Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ERIH Plus and Latindex, among other databases of peer-reviewed publications.

All submissions should be made online through the Mètode Science Studies Journal Open Journal System site. New users should first create an account here (users of the University of Valencia have to register the username and password of their UV account). If you already have a username and password for Mètode Science Studies Journal, you can log in here.


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