Medical Humanities

Over the last 10 years, medical humanities has been Seamus O’Mahony’s primary area of academic interest, and he has published extensively in this area. His papers have been published in some of the world’s most renowned medical humanities journals, including The Lancet, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) and The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

The Lancet

A fortunate man? Lancet 2022 Issue 399, P1296-1297

Report of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death: bringing death back into life Lancet 2022 Issue 399 p837–84

Johnathan Miller: making the negligible considerable, Lancet 2020 Issue 396, p594-5.

After the golden age: what is medicine for? Lancet 2019 Issue 393, p1798-9.

Richard Smith, Lancet Commission on the Value of Death (including Seamus O’Mahony), Lancet 2018 Issue 392, p1291-3.

The Deathwife, Lancet 2018 Issue 392, p273.
Book review of With The End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix 2018.

Do doctors die better than philosophers? Lancet 2018 Issue 391, p1474-5

The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Reframing the ‘difficult conversation’. 2022, In Press

Petr Skrabanek: the Abominable No-Man, 2019 Issue 49, p65-9.

Some thoughts on compassion inspired by Sir Thomas Legge, 2018 Issue 48, p69-70.

Medicine and the McNamara Fallacy, 2017 Issue 47, p281-7.

The way we die now: a personal reflection, 2016 Issue 46, p281-7.

Medical Nemesis forty years on: the enduring legacy of Ivan Illich, 2016 Issue 46, p134-9.

Bracewell RM, Witham MD, Medford AR, Beveridge AW, Lee YY, O’Mahony SG – What is the JRCPE for? 2014, Issue 44(3), p194-5.

The extraordinary undergraduate career of Oliver St John Gogarty: has the modern medical student anything to learn from him? 2013, Issue 43, p169-74.

AJ Cronin and The Citadel: Did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS? 2012, Issue 42(2), p172-8.

Further Publications

Revisiting Illich’s Limits to Medicine. In: Handbook of the Medical Humanities. Ed: Bleakley, A. Oxford: Routledge 2020, 114-123.

John Bradshaw: Putting Doctors on Trial – Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2015 Issue 184, p559-63.

In Praise of Richard Asher – Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2014 Issue 57(4), p512-523.

Axel Munthe and The Story of San Michele: The perils of being a “fashionable” doctor – Clinical Medicine, 2014 Issue 14(3), p321-322.

W Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) and St Thomas’s Hospital: Medical School and the making of a writer – Journal of Medical Biography, 2014 Issue 22, p53-57.

Ethereal and material gain: unanticipated opportunity with illness or disability – Clinical Medicine, 2014 Issue 14(1), p.44-46.

Against Narrative Medicine – Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2013 Issue 56(4), p611-9.

Medical Classics: Of Human Bondage.. The British Medical Journal, 2012 Issue 345, e8410.

The death of King George V. Hektoen International, 2012: Special Issue – Fall 2021