Love, Wonder, & Healing

In the seventh episode of the neurodissent podcast, we look back over our first six episodes. We discuss some of the major ideas we’ve covered so far: the role of communities in care, the healing power of belief, and the millennia-old conflict between medicine and spirituality. We also consider how practices still in use today by indigenous groups carry on millennia-old traditions of love, wonder, and healing that resist the individualizing and isolating forces of psychiatry and capitalism.

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I use open access sources in my scholarship, so that listeners and readers can engage with the texts I use. The sources referred to in this episode are listed below.

References for Season 1, Episode 7 “Love, Wonder, & Healing”

  1. Dupuis-Rossi, Riel. 2021. The Violence of Colonization and the Importance of Decolonizing Therapeutic Relationship: The Role of Helper in Centring Indigenous Wisdom. International Journal of Indigenous Health.
  2. Flannery, Frances. 2017. Talitha Qum! An Exploration of the Image of Jesus as Healer-Physician Savior in the Synoptic Gospels in Relation to the Asclepius Cult, In Coming Back to Life: The Permeability of Past and Present, Mortality and Immortality, Death and Life in the Ancient Mediterranean. McGill University Library. 
  3. Foucault, Michel. 1965. Madness & Civilization: A History Of Insanity In The Age Of Reason. Random House. 
  4. Hedge Coke, Allison. 2014. Miracle Madness. Disability Studies Quarterly. 
  5. Jerome. 390. The Life of S. Hilarion. Translated by Philip Schaff. 
  6. On the sacred disease. ~400 BC. Translated by Francis Adams. 
  7. Stanley-Baker, Michael. 2022. Daoism and medicine. In Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine edited by Vivienne Lo and Michael Stanley-Baker. Routledge. 
  8. van Aarde, Andries G. 2019. Christus medicus – Christus patiens: Healing as exorcism in context. HTS Theological Studies

Other credits

Music: “Grit” by Shaolin Dub, licensed use

Image: “A crippled girl discarding her crutches after being healed” by Jean-Louis Forain, 1912, via Wikimedia Commons.