Performance, Medicine and the Human, Alex Mermikides


Title: Performance, Medicine and the Human

Author: Alex Mermikides

Typology: Study

Language: English

Year: 2020

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Series: Drama & Performance Studies

ISBN: 978-1-350-23599-1

Synopsis: Performance and medicine are now converging in unprecedented ways. Performance, Medicine and the Human surveys this exciting and diverse field, providing case studies based on the author’s own experience of devising medical performances in collaboration with cancer patients, biomedical scientists and healthcare educators.

Examining contemporary medical performance reveals an ancient preoccupation with the human evident in the practices of both theatre and healing. Like medicine, theatre puts the human on display in order to understand ans, perhaps, alleviate the suffering inherent to the human condition. Medical practice constitutes a sort of theatre in which doctors, nurses and patients perform their humaneness and humanity – at a time when these notions are being fundamentally rethought. Its insights are relevant to scholars in performance studies, the medical humanities, healthcare education and beyond.