Special Issue on Mental Health : Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

by may | Friday, May 7, 2021 - 2:52 PM

The National Alliance on Mental Health reports that 20.6% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2019 (51.5 million people) . This represents 1 in 5 adults. Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is observed every May to raise awareness, fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for policy change on behalf of people living with mental illness and their loved ones.

Earlier this year, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine published a special issue dedicated to Mental Health and Illness , guest edited by Dr. Dominic Sisti. The entire issue has been made available subscription free for the duration of the month of May. JHU Press is grateful to Dr. Sisti for graciously answering some questions about this important issue.

How did this special issue on Mental Health and Illness come about? In late 2019, Frank Miller reached out and asked if I’d be interested in editing an issue of PBM on mental health and illness. We discussed what to include— because mental health and illness is such a broad topic—and decided on a handful of ethics and policy topics that seemed particularly important, including euthanasia for mentally ill...Read More

The Painted Poem

by eea | Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Measuring only 5 ½ x 9 7/16 inches, Giovanni Boldini’s 1879 painting Return of the Fishing Boats, Étretat , has long been one of my favorites at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. Indeed, there are far greater paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Turner to be found in the museum, but whenever I visit, it is always the Boldini that I return to, once again taking in the salt tang of its sea, the cold wet of its rocky shore, the feel of sea life and village life meeting at a shared margin. Its vivid naturalism, however, is not what captivates me. Rather, it is its size. Were it done on a far larger scale, I doubt I would find it half so appealing, for in its smallness, in its compression, lies its pungency. Boldini.jpg Image: Giovanni Boldini, Return of the Fishing Boats, Étretat . Image courtesy Clark Art Institute. clarkart.edu And thus it’s a perfect fit for a poem. After many years of enjoying its glistening vibrancy, there seemed nothing for it but to try to render the same, the result being: Boldini’s Catch Giovanni Boldini, 1879 Safely ashore, Boldini’s catch is in: anchor planted...Read More

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by may | Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 3:50 PM

Pacific Island Textile Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrated every year in May, is a time to recognize the historical and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. In recognition of the lasting and rich contributions of Americans who have origins in Asia and the Pacific Islands, JHU Press has curated a reading list from a variety of our scholarly journals. All of the articles have been made freely available through the month of May. "Towards a New Oceania": On Contemporary Pacific Islander Poetry Networks Craig Santos Perez College Literature , Volume 47, Number 1, Winter 2020 From Marginalized to Validated: An In-depth Case Study of an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution Thai-Huy Nguyen, Mike Hoa Nguyen, Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen, Marybeth Gasman, Clifton Conrad The Review of Higher Education , Volume 41, Number 3, Spring 2018 "Halmoni" and "Paternal Grandmother" Monica Heilman Journal of Asian American Studies , Volume 23, Number 3, October 2020 Meaning-Making About Becoming a Minority Serving Institution: A Case Study of Asian-American Serving Community Colleges Cynthia...Read More

The Eye Book

by eea | Monday, April 26, 2021 - 4:00 PM

In an age where you can search for anything on the Internet, you may wonder why you need The Eye Book . Why would I even bother taking the time to update the first edition published over twenty years ago? Well, twenty years ago when the Johns Hopkins Press first mentioned writing a book about the eye, there was a lot of misinformation online about eye care and eye treatments. In those days, among all the marketing hype by retail mega-eyeglass chains, various contact lens claims regarding cleaning systems and wearing schedules, and glitzy ads for cataract and refractive surgery techniques, there was a need for a straight-forward, easy to understand reference about the eye for the consumer as well as for non-eye care professionals. The Johns Hopkins Press’ speculation about the need for a book about the eye was correct, as proved by the popularity of the first edition of The Eye Book which sold over 15,000 copies worldwide and went through five printings. Over twenty years later, an updated second edition is now needed because, despite better search engines and faster computers to surf the internet, there is even more misinformation about the eye...Read More

Behind the Mirror – The Story of Autism Treatment Pioneer Jeanne Simons

by eea | Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM

I met Jeanne Simons, the founder of the Linwood Children's Center for Autistic Children in Ellicott City in 1983, when I was entrusted with the job to help tease out and describe the different elements of the methods she had developed to successfully educate children, who until she started working with them in 1955 had been deemed untreatable. Professionals from all over the world came to visit and train at Linwood, the first center of its kind. After a serious illness, she had handed over the day-to-day running of Linwood to staff she had trained and now only acted as a consultant. But it was feared that without her here to train and supervise staff and introduce outside professionals to her methods, they would not survive her. The book that resulted from a year's collaboration is "The Hidden Child". During that time, Jeanne and I discovered a lot of commonalities, from our European roots–she was raised in Holland, I in Switzerland–our early background as teachers to our child-centered approach as therapists. This helped me better understand the elements of her method, but I also began to learn something about her life, though all her accounts initially concerned work she had...Read More