Winter/Spring 2018 Table of Contents


Dósis 1.1: sickness and health in the era of Trump

Brandy Schillace, Editor-in-Chief
Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, Managing Editor
Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook, Review Editor

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Sickness and Health in the Era of Trump
Brandy Schillace, Editor-in-Chief


Women’s Health in the Age of Trump
Rosemary Talbot Behmer Hansen

Theorizing Madness in Maddening Times
Kellie Herson

Sex Work and Public Health in the Age of Trump
Stephanie Kaylor

The Global Gag Rule: A Policy Without a Cause
Priyanjana Pramanik


The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities by Anne Whitehead, et. al.
Review by Burcu Alkan

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra
Review by Julia Brown

Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger
Review by Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook

Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America by E. LB. Twarog
Review by Emily J. H. Contois

Ask: Building Consent Culture by Kitty Stryker, ed.
Review by Pam Harvey

Our Lady of Charity in Ireland by Jacinta Prunty
Review by David Kilgannon

True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century by Emily Skidmore
Review by Laura Koch

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, eds.
Review by Heather Stewart

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller
Review by Molly Todd

The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by David A. Ansell
Review by Susan Zinner

Call for Pitches: Summer 2018

Issue 1: 2: Health, Gender, Embodiment


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Launching Dósis: medical humanities + social justice

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In the United States today, we face a crisis of health. This crisis manifests in many, many ways—from the opioid crisis and infant mortality to issues of access and deep divides about what health means, for whom, and when. Meanwhile, we watch an unfolding narrative of anger from both sides of the political aisles, and destructive arguments over issues which should be unifying, for instance, that hatred and bullying are bad, and inclusiveness and tolerance are good. Every one of us, despite our backgrounds and contexts, trudge into the last third of 2017 fatigued and frustrated. Each of us looks to a future filled with new dangers to the health of our bodies and also of our minds. We must ask ourselves: what can we do? But also: how much can I do, and remain healthy? How, that is, do we fight this present darkness.

Medicine, Aryballos, @LouvreThe ancient Greek word we today translate as “dose” (as in Daily Dose) has a more subtle and unexpected nuance. Transliterated from δόσις, it means both “a giving” and “the portion prescribed.” But it carried with it the intention of a chain reaction of giving—dósis is the motivated giving and responding that creates reciprocity. In our new mission as an online magazine, Dósis seeks to bring this reciprocity to bear on medical humanities and social justice. We cannot address every wrong as individuals, but together, working responsively and in dialogue, we can work for change.

Medical humanities as a field has long struggled to define itself, to decide not only what it is but what it’s for. Dósis will be mission driven: medical humanities + social justice. We are dedicating our platform to exploring the intersection of health, humanities, and social justice  . When in the dark, it is our responsibility bring the light, to shine brightly ourselves, and to honor the light in others. We must eschew hatred, but not by being hateful. We must resist transforming anger into aggression against the vulnerable. We do not need to find common ground with those who oppose us, but we do need to create solid ground beneath ourselves, a platform for joining our voices and make ourselves heard. Each issue, and each article and commentary within it, serves as a single portion, a dose given and, in the giving, received.

To your health.


Editorial: Sickness and Health in the Era of Trump

by Brandy Schillace, Editor-in-Chief.

Friends, it has been a long and difficult year for social justice. We have watched the repeated assaults on immigrants, on health coverage, and now on SNAP, food stamps, and other critical benefits—we’ve seen corresponding attacks on the systems and agencies that allow for the study and promotion of health, from the cutting of research grants to the endangerment of the NEH and NEA. And we have likewise witnessed the gutting of environmental protection, meaning that even assets of fresh air and water are under threat. Through all of this, we’ve witnessed the low, bullying of political rhetoric, a sinking from even moderate standards of decency in speech, and a willingness to lie, lie, lie because the lie suits—from those in the seats of power. Our psychological health, our physical health, and our community health is at stake. And let’s face it; we are all very tired. Continue reading “Editorial: Sickness and Health in the Era of Trump”

Feature: Sex Work and Public Health in the Age of Trump

by Stephanie Kaylor.

Photograph of an individual on a sidewalk from the knees down going through a series of protest signs. The two visible signs read "Human Rights" and "Support Sex Workers." Photo by PJ Starr.
Photo by PJ Starr. Used with permission.

While it seems that every day of Donald J. Trump’s presidency comes with a new threat to human rights that advocacy groups are quick to denounce and organize against, one such threat has received little attention from social justice advocates: on February 23, 2017, Trump declared that the problem of human trafficking was one that he would commit to combatting through the “full force and weight” of the U.S. government. Though some progressive advocates may interpret this to be a rare instance of a concern for women’s rights at best, or an empty promise at worst, the ramifications for those involved in or suspected of being in the commercial sex trade are quite severe.  “Anti-trafficking” efforts have historically been used to grant government and law enforcement agencies increased permissions to surveil, intimidate, arrest, and deport these individuals even as they have been characterized by feminist rhetoric and support. The repercussions of the policing of sex workers has led to their further marginalization, including impediments upon their ability to practice safe reproductive healthcare practices or consult with health care practitioners. Continue reading “Feature: Sex Work and Public Health in the Age of Trump”