Body work, physiotherapy and ‘chiasmic’ ethics

In this post I’m revisiting, and reproducing, some of the thoughts I presented in the Critical Physiotherapy Network colloquium in Cardiff June 5th 2017. The idea for the work-in-progress paper began with the astonishing find that body work – the concept used in sociology to describe work that revolves around bodies – has not been … More Body work, physiotherapy and ‘chiasmic’ ethics

Homicidal ethics – on the use of trolley thought experiments and other such nonsense in health care ethics

There are five people standing on the train track. A train runs uncontrollably towards them. You can save these people. All you have to do is to pull the lever that directs the train to another track. Here’s the twist: there’s someone standing on the other track too. This person is morbidly overweight and a … More Homicidal ethics – on the use of trolley thought experiments and other such nonsense in health care ethics

On moral responsibility: Preventing people from dying due to cold homes

Having born in a country (Finland) where winters are usually cold, I was sad to learn about winter deaths in Britain (for this short post I only use statistics from England). I recently wrote a column about this in Finnish for the journal of the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists. Last winter, according to study conducted … More On moral responsibility: Preventing people from dying due to cold homes

Reblogged: 30 days of September – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Every year since 2014 the Critical Physiotherapy Network has run a month-long blogging campaign called 30 days of September. This year the purpose was to introduce books or texts that have been influential for CPN members. Here’s what I had to say, please visit this link. We are now on day twelve and the introduced … More Reblogged: 30 days of September – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Following up on Formula Comitis Archiatrorum – still not convinced

My previous blog post on Formula Comitis Archiatrorum has been by far the most popular on my site. It gets frequent visitors from all over the globe –  a fact that I was very surprised about but also very grateful for all the people who have shown interest in my little research. This is still … More Following up on Formula Comitis Archiatrorum – still not convinced

Finding the ‘body’ of Richard III

Originally posted on Kingston Shakespeare Seminar:
The remains of Richard III were found under a car park in Leicester in 2012. Since then researchers (often through popular media) have tried to reinstate Richard’s lost glory by busting Tudor myths trough scientific evidence. One of the myth busting methods, also seen in the documentary series on Channel 4, was to diagnose him backwards…

The elusive Formula Comitis Archiatrorum – The first medical ethics code?

Check out also my follow-up on September 8 2016, where I re-examine some of the claims I made here on the Formula Comitis Archiatrorum. My original post is below. While looking into the history of medicomoral principles and codes for my PhD thesis, or rather for one footnote in my thesis, I came across with reference … More The elusive Formula Comitis Archiatrorum – The first medical ethics code?