Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarship that explores representational and cultural practices concerning health care and the body. Areas of interest include disease, illness, and health; the cultures of biomedical science and technology and of the clinic; disability; and violence, trauma, and power relations as these are represented and interpreted in broadly-defined archives of verbal, visual, and material texts. Literature and Medicine features one thematic and one general issue each year. Past theme issues have explored identity and difference; contagion and infection; cancer pathography; the representations of genomics; and the narration of pain.
Literature and Medicine is published semiannually. Theme issues are announced in calls for papers in the journal and on the journal website. Literature and Medicine editors will consider essay clusters devoted to a particular topic or written on a specific occasion. Submissions on any aspect of literature and medicine will be considered, but the journal rarely publishes short notes, personal essays, or creative writing. Authors are advised to look carefully at past issues of the journal (available on the journal website) before submitting their work. We welcome submissions by graduate students, but encourage authors to rework term papers into publishable manuscripts (as one does in turning dissertation into book) before submission.
Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length, approximately twenty-five to forty pages inclusive of double-spaced notes. Please include an abstract of 100–150 words and 3–5 keywords.
All submissions should have text, endnotes, and bibliography double-spaced and prepared according to guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, current edition. Authors will be responsible for securing permission to include visual images, figures, or verbal quotations that exceed fair use.
Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal. Authors’ names should appear only on a cover sheet, and any identifiers in the text should be masked so manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Literature and Medicine reviews only unpublished manuscripts that are not simultaneously under review for publication elsewhere.
Correspondence should be sent to:
Michael Blackie, PhD
Executive Editor, Literature and Medicine
808 S Wood St Department of Medical Education
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7309
Michael Blackie, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Anne Hudson Jones
Martha Stoddard Holmes
Travis Chi Wing Lau
Gert H. Brieger
D. Heyward Brock
Ronald A. Carson
Larry R. Churchill
Arthur W. Frank
Peter W. Graham
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Jonathan M. Metzl
David B. Morris
Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi
Robin S. Downie
Health Humanities, Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Literature and Medicine accepts for consideration original scholarly manuscripts, not under consideration at any other publication, that explore the connections between literature (broadly defined, in any media) and medical health care. The journal does not consider unsolicited submissions of short notes, informal pieces, personal essays, or creative writing. Original translations are considered, if accompanied by substantial scholarly introduction or annotation. We welcome proposals for guest-edited theme issues or essay clusters devoted to a particular topic or marking a specific occasion (contact the editor directly regarding these).
Literature and Medicine is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. Preliminary desk review rejects clearly unsuitable or weak submissions. Submissions that prima facie meet the review criteria—original and relevant contribution to the field; humanities methodology; evidence in support of claims; quality of expression—are assigned two reviewers familiar with the subject matter and the field. Reviewers are asked to recommend rejection, acceptance with major revisions, or acceptance with minor revisions. The editor adjudicates, and provides a final decision: reject, accept with major revisions or with minor revisions, or reject with option to revise and resubmit. Resubmitted manuscripts are sent for re-review to at least one of the original reviewers, along with their original report. Accepted submissions are returned with required and suggested revisions, and revised manuscripts are reviewed by the editor, who makes the final acceptance decision. The manuscript will then be copy-edited in collaboration with the author.
Timetable: varies depending on alacrity of peer reviewers and the fact that the journal publishes one thematic and one general issue yearly.
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The Literature and Medicine Spring 2004 special issue titled "Difference and Identity" was chosen as a runner-up for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) 2004 Best Special Issue award.
"In medicine's high-tech environment, Literature & Medicine is a tangible way of expressing the totality of needs of both patients and medical staff. As a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, it fills an important subject domain in a growing and important specialty. At the Mayo Clinic, we have two institutional subscriptions to Literature and Medicine."
J. Michael Homan | Director of Libraries, The Mayo Clinic
"Literature and Medicine? Almost as necessary for a medical education as a stethoscope."
Dannie Abse, M.D. | author of White Coat, Purple Coat and A Poet in the Family
"Literature and Medicine was one of the earliest journals to give a public voice to the pioneers in bioethics. Nobody, it seems to me, has done better since."
Leslie Fiedler, Ph.D. | Samuel L. Clemens Chair Professor, SUNY Buffalo, author of Freaks and The Tyranny of the Normal
"Literature and Medicine should have a role in the teaching of every medical educator and a place on the shelves of every medical school library."
Larry R. Churchill | Professor and Chair, Social Medicine, author of Rationing Health Care in America and Self-Interest and Universal Health Care
"No medical library can be considered complete without a subscription to the essential journal Literature and Medicine. It is, in its way, as important as the New England Journal of Medicine or Lancet."
Richard Selzer, M.D. | author of Mortal Lessons and Letters to a Young Doctor
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