Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Critical Healing: Queering Diagnosis and Public Health through the Health Humanities

  • Rebecca GardenEmail author


This introduction provides an overview to a special issue on Critical Healing, which draws on queer theory, disability studies, postcolonial theory, and literary studies to theorize productive engagements between the clinical and cultural aspects of biomedical knowledge and practice. The essays in this issue historicize and theorize diagnosis, particularly diagnosis that impacts trans health and sexuality, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS transmission. The essays also address racialization, disability, and colonialism through discussions of fiction, film, theoretical memoir, and comics, as well as biomedical discourse and knowledge.


Health humanities Diagnosis Transgender HIV/AIDS Graphic medicine Disability Race 



The co-editors would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Lauren Zahn for her editorial assistance and to our anonymous peer reviewers for their excellent suggestions and insightful comments on the essays. This project began as a Medical Humanities panel at the Modern Language Association and as seminar on queer theory and biomedicine at the American Comparative Literature Association, and we are grateful to the Division on Science and Literature (MLA) and the Comparative Gender Studies Committee (ACLA) for germinating this special issue.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA

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