Blood on Silk: The Uniform of the Patient

New work in progress Blood on Silk: The Uniform of the Patient, focusing on the knot tied usually loosely at the back of the hospital gown in order to maintain the privacy of the patient. The fabrics chosen for this project range from translucent silk mesh, to thin white cotton and a more solid hospital [...]

February 2021

Blood on Silk Work in Progress – A stop motion set developed for the video work, Medicinae Vehementi. 2021, balsa, galvanised sheet metal, paint, resin and light. The meditative hour-long video work will focus on the emotional landscape of surviving the night, of being deprived of sleep, and of hearing the suffering of others. The [...]

Online Sale of Blood from Recovered Caronavirus Patients

Great segment on Radio National this morning reporting on a whole range of anti-Caronavirus products for sale on the dark web. This includes blood from recovered Caronavirus patients presumably with antibodies to the virus being advertised as a preventative. Link below https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/dark-web-covid/12199816

Blood on Silk: The Violence of Medicine Part VII Being the chosen one or not.

The factors driving the allocation of resources within the medical system is often not obvious or transparent to the outsider, the patient or their family. One area where it is openly acknowledged is in the media coverage of transplant medicine. There it is repeatedly stated that the number of organs donated or supplied is significantly [...]

Blood on Silk: The Violence of Medicine: Part VI Going under the Knife

The World Health Organization[1] defines violence as ‘the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. Choosing to go under the knife, a slang [...]

Violence in Medicine: Part IV Working under Those Conditions.

Being deprived of sleep is not only experienced by the patient as discussed in the last post but also by those working within the hospital. This fourth of a series of short essays or reflections on aspects of what could be understood as forms of violence within the practice of medicine turns to the experience [...]

Blood on Silk: The Violence of Medicine, Part III Being Deprived of Sleep

Patients often report serious difficulties with sleeping while in hospital and this experience of deprivation is even more profound when the patient is in ICU. While there is evidence for the impact of sleep deprivation on cognitive functioning in ICU patients it is only ‘associated’ with the onset of ICU delirium or intrusive hallucinatory experiences. [...]

Violence in medicine Part II – Using the language of war

The American medical humanities scholar Kathleen Powers questions the notion that the violence within hospitals or within medicine is tempered by metaphor and discretion. Rather, she considers the metaphoric language used in hospitals to be a language of violence, or a language of war. In a 2017 paper she outlined the militaristic and violent frameworks [...]