Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2017

224 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780748686186

Bookseller Code (06)

Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction

An Intervention in Medical Humanities

Anne Whitehead

Published by Edinburgh University Press

This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing on phenomenology and feminist affect theory, it positions empathy as something that one does and that is embedded within structural, institutional, and cultural relations of power. More than this, it questions the assumption that empathy is limited to the clinical relation, thinking about medicine as more broadly defined.