Category: Health and Medicine

Zika and the Limits of Biomedical Fixes

There are reasons to see the rise of Zika not as another problem in need of a biomedical fix but as a sign of the limits of biomedical fixes.

Howard Ball’s response to New York Magazine’s article “A Life Worth Ending”

Michael Wolff’s family’s tragic circumstance is a manifestation of our society’s pervasive medicalization of death. Since the mid-20th century, technological innovations in medicine—CPR, EMT, MRI, organ transplants, ICUs, pacemakers—have kept patients alive for a much longer time than in previous eras. The average age of death in America in 1900 was 47 years; in 2000, it was 78 years. This means, as Wolff points out in his mother’s story, that one takes a very long time to die—with all the attendant ethical, financial, and personal pain and suffering that accompanies this new reality.

Size acceptance at every size

by Tom Sullivan, Marketing Assistant at NYU Press In recent years, the size acceptance movement has blossomed from a tiny academic circle into a burgeoning force set to demolish standards… READ MORE

Count Sperm Tonight at Bluestockings

WSQ: Trans- at Bluestockings Thursday, Feb 12, 7pm Featuring Lisa Jean Moore, author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man’s Most Precious Fluid Join fiction, non-fiction, and poetry contributors as they… READ MORE