The reading list below offers a snapshot of some of the work and ideas which have influenced the development of the Performing Medicine project.  Entries are listed in alphabetical order by author. Use the filters on the left to browse by subject area. If you would like to make recommendations to add to the list, please contact us.

Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and the Stories they Tell

Aldersey-Williams, Hugh (London: Penguin, 2014)

Anatomy for the Artist

Barcsay, Jeno (London: Octopus Books Limited, 1978)

Atlas of Human Anatomy

Netter, Frank Henry and Sharon Colacino (Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 1989)


Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy

Agur, Anne and Arthur F. Dalley (Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008)

How We Die

Nuland, Sherwin B. (New York: Vintage Books, 2002)

How We Live

Nuland, Sherwin B. (New York: Vintage Books, 1998)

Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories

Phelen, Peggy (London: Routledge, 1997)

Notes of an Anatomist

Gonzales-Crussi, F. (New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2009)

On Being Born and Other Difficulties

Gonzales-Crussi, F. (London: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 2006)

The Human Machine

Bridgman, George Brant (New York: Courier Dover Publications, 1972)


The Illustrations from the Works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels

Saunders, J. B. and ed. by Charles O'Malley (New York: Dover Publications, 1973)

The Melancholy of Anatomy

Jackson, Shelley (New York: Random House, 2003)

What Can the Arts Bring to Medical Training?

Willson, Suzy Lancet 368 (2006), S15-S16

A Fortunate Man

Berger, John and Jean Mohr (London: Royal College of General Practitioners, 2003)

A Prospectus for Arts and Health

Department of Health with Arts Council England (London: Arts Council England, April 2007)

Actor Training in the Neutral Mask

Eldredge, Sears and Hollis W Hudson in Acting (Re)considered ed. by Philip Zarilli (London and New York: Routledge, 1995)

Against Decorum

Evans, Jessica in Jo Spence: Beyond the Perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism (Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2005)

AIDS and Live Art

Goodman, Lizbeth (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996)

AIDS and the New Puritanism

Altman, Dennis (London: Pluto Press, 1986)

Anatomy Acts: How We Come to Know Ourselves

Dawn Kemp and Andrew Patrizio (ed.) (Edinburgh: Birilinn Limited, 2006)

Anatomy for the Artist

Simblet, Sarah (London: Dorling Kindersley Ltd, 2001)

Anatomy of Movement

Calais-Germain, Blandine (Seattle: Eastland Press, 1993)

Applied Drama: The Gift of Theatre

Nicholson, Helen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond

Thompson, James (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003)

Art & Science

Ede, Sian (London & New York: I.B.Tauris, 2008)

Art and Anatomy

Barrington, John S. (London: Samuel Sidders & Son Limited, 1951)

Art and Mental Health Hospitals

Miles, Malcolm (Unknown binding, 1994)

Arts In Health

Lelchuk Staricoff, Rosalia, Research Report 36 (London: Arts Council England, 2004)

Arts, Health and Well-being

Nuffield Trust, Report and Proceedings of Windsor I Series No 11 (London: The Nuffield Trust, 1999)

Awareness Through Movement

Feldenkreis, Moshe (New York and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1972)

Bobby Baker: Redeeming Features of Daily Life

Barrett, Michelle and Bobby Baker (London: Routledge, 2007)

Body Art: Performing The Subject

Jones, Amelia (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 1998)

Body Criticism

Stafford, Barbara Maria (London: MIT, 1993)

Cancer Tales: Communications in Cancer Care

Cancer Tales Team (London: Haymarket Medical Publications, 2007)

Certain Fragments

Etchells, Tim (London: Routledge, 1999)

Changing the Performance

Rowntree, Julia (London: Routledge, 2006)

Creating a Patient Led NHS

Department of Health (London: Department of Health, 2005)

Cultural Action for Freedom

Friere, Paulo (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1972)

Dance As A Healing Art

Halprin, Anna (California: Life Rhythm, 2000)

Dance Pathologies: Performance, Poetics, Medicine

McCarren, Felicia (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998)

Dancing the Body of Light

Holleman, Dona and Orit Sen-Gupta (The Netherlands: Pegasus Enteprises, 1999)

Darwin Won’t Help

Eagleton, Terry, London Review of Books 131.18, 24 September 2009

Descartes’ Error

Damasio, Antonio (London: Vintage, 2006)

Discipline and Punish

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991)

Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930

Edmondson, James M. and John Harley Warne (New York: Blast Books, 2009)

Drama for Doctors

Willson, Suzy, Lancet 369 (2007),1782

Embodiment and Experience

Csordas, Thomas J. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Embodiment and Presence

Jaegar, Suzanne M, in Staging Philosophy ed. by David Krasner and David Saltz (Michigan: University of Michegan Press, 2006)

Encylopaedia Anatomica

Von During, Monika and Marta Poggesi (Köln: Taschen, 2014)

Engaged With The Arts: Writings from the Front Line

Tusa, John (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007)

Ethics and Asthetics: Photographing Patients

Blohm, Ana, blog post on Literature, Arts & Medicine website

Ethnic Stereotypes and the Underachievement of UK Medical Students from Ethnic Minorities

Woolf, Katherine, Judith Cave, Trisha Greenhalgh and Jane Dacre, British Medical Journal337(2008), a1220

Evaluating Arts Interventions in Medical Training

Ings, Richard (London: Clod Ensemble, 2008)

Experiment: Conversations in an Art and Science

Arends, B. and D Thackara (eds.) (London: Wellcome Trust, 2003)

Extreme Bodies

Miglietti, Francesca (Milan: Skira, 2003)

Figures du Corps

Comar, Philippe (ed.) (Paris: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, 2009)

Finding Your Voice

Housemann, Barbara (London: Nick Hern Books, 2002)

From Detached Concern To Empathy

Halpern, Jodi (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)

From Ritual to Theatre

Turner, Victor (New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1982)

Future Face: Image, Identity, Innovation

Kemp, Sandra, Alf Linney and Vicki Bruce (London: Profile Books, 2004)

Geographies of Learning

Dolan, Jill, Theatre Journal 45.4 (1993), 417 -442

Health Systems: Improving Performance

Unknown (World Health Organisation, 2006)

Helping to Heal: The Arts in Healthcare

Senior, Peter and Jonathan Croall (London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1993)

Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine

Strehlow, Wighard and Gottfied Hertzka, Gottfried (Sante Fe, Bear & Company, 1988)

How Doctors Think

Montgomery, Kathryn (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Human Anatomy for Artists

Feher, Gyorgy, trans. by Dr. Colin Grant. (Cologne: Konemann, 2000)


Showalter, Elaine, Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Culture (London: Picador, 1997)

Illness as Metaphor, Aids and its Metaphors

Sontag, Susan (London: Penguin Books, 1991)

Images of Recovery

Radley, A. and D. Taylor, Qualitative Health Research 13.1 (2003), 77-99

Inside Information: Imaging the Human Body

Ewing, William A. (London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1996)

Jacques Copeau: Texts on Theatre

Rudlin , John and Norman Paul (eds. & trans.) (London and New York: Routledge, 1991)

L’éducation Physique et Morale par la Méthode Naturelle

Hébert, Georges (Paris: Librairie Vuibert, 1941)

Le Theatre du Geste

Lecoq, Jacques (Paris: Bordas, 1987)

Leonardo Anatomia

Cianchi, Marco (Firenze: Giunti, 1999)

Leonardo da Vinci

Hayward Gallery Exhibition (London: South Bank Centre, 1989)

Live Art and Performance

Heathfield, Adrian (ed.) (London: Tate Publishing, 2004)

Madness and Civilization

Foucault, Michel (London: Routledge, 1967)

Making Faces: Using Forensic and Archaeological Evidence

Prag, A. J. N W. (London: British Museum Press, 1999)

Man’s Anatomy, Physiology and Health

Roper, Nancy (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 1969)

Mapping Arts, Health and Higher Education Collaborative Projects in London.

Sheridan, Jill and Linda Pring, Research Report (London: London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange, 2007)

Medical Education: From Here to Where

Cohen, Jordan. Paper presented at General Medical Council conference (London, May 2005)

Medicine: An Illustrated History

Lyons, Albert S and R. Joseph Petrucelli (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987.)

Medieval Medicine in Illuminated Manuscripts

Jones, Peter Murray (London: The British Library, 1998)

Modern and Post-Modern Mime

Leabhart, Thomas (Houndmills and London: Macmillan, 1989)

Narrative Medicine

Charon, Rita (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Narrative Remains

Ingham, Karen (London: Wellcome Trust, 2009)

On Photography

Sontag, Susan (London: Penguin, 1979)

On Writing Rights

Bhabha, H.K, in Globalizing Rights ed. by M.J. Gibney (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

Orlan: This is My Body…This is My Software

McCorquodale, Duncan (ed.) (London: Black Dog Publishing, 1996)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (London: Penguin, 1993)

Perceptions of Pain

Padfield, Deborah, Brian Hurwitz and Charles Pither (Stockport: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2003)

Performance Studies: An Introduction

Schechner, Richard (London: Routledge, 2002)

Performance: A Critical Introduction

Carlson, Marvin (London: Routledge, 1996)

Phenomenology of Perception

Merleau- Ponty, Maurice, trans. by C. Smith (New York: Routledge, 2002)

Philosophy in the Flesh

Johnson, Mark and George Lakoff (New York: Basic Books 1999)

Picture Me Sane

Godbey, Emily, American Studies 41.1 (2000), 31-69

Politics, Philosophy, Culture

Kritzman, Lawrence (ed.) (New York: Routledge, 1990)

Power and Photography

Tagg, John, Screen Education 36 (1980), 17-55

Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings 1972–1977

Foucault, Michel, ed. by Colin Gordon (New York: Pantheon, 1980)


Erickson, Jon, in Staging Philosophy, ed. by David Krasner and David Saltz (Ann Arbor: University of Michegan Press, 2006)

Production of Space

Lefevbre, Henri, trans. by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991)

Putting Myself in the Picture

Spence, Jo (London: Camden Press, 1986)

Rabbelais and His World

Bakhtin, Mikhail, trans. by H. Iswolsk (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1984)

Reassessing Foucault: Power, Medicine and the Body

Jones, Colin and Roy Porter (eds.) (London: Routledge, 1995)

Reconsidering the Dead in Andres Serrano’s The Morgue

Fitzpatrick, Andrea, Canadian Art Review XXXIII 1-2 (2008)

Regarding the Pain of Others

Sontag, Susan (London: Penguin Books, 2003)

Report on the Review of the Arts and Health Working Group

Department of Health (London: Department of Health, 2007)

Screening the Body

Cartwright, Lisa (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997)

Second Opinion: Doctors, Diseases and Decisions in Modern Medicine

Horton, Richard (London: Granta Books, 2003)

Spectacular Bodies

Kemp, Martin and Marina Wallace (London: Hayward Gallery, 2001)

Techniques of the Observer

Crary, Jonathan (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990)

Television and Medicine

Bury, Michael and Jonathon Gabe, in Challenging Medicine ed. by Jonathan Gabe, David Kellener & Gareth Wilkins (London: Routledge, 1994)

The Absent Body

Leder, Drew (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1990)

The Actor and His Body

Pisk, Litz (London: Virgin Books, 1990)

The Alexander Principle

Barlow, Wilfred (London: Arrow Books, 1986)

The Artist’s Body

Warr, Tracy and Amelia Jones (eds.) (London: Phaidon, 2000)

The Birth of the Clinic

Foucault, Michel, trans. by A. Sheridan (London: Routledge, 2003)

The Body Emblazoned

Sawday, Jonathan (London and New York: Routledge, 1995)

The Body in Pain

Scarry, Elaine (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1995)

The Body Risk

Squiers, Carol (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006)

The Body: Photoworks of the Human Form

Ewing, William A. (London: Thames & Hudson, 1994)

The Book of Touch

Classen, Constance (ed.) (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2005)

The Burdens of Representation

Tagg, John (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993)

The Educational Background and Qualifications of UK Medical Students from Ethnic Minorities

McManus, IC, Katherine Woolf, Jane Dacre, BMC Medical Education 8.21 (2008), 1 - 23

The Effectiveness of Arts Interventions in Medical Education

Perry, Mark, Suzy Willson, Nicola Maffulli and Dylan Morrissey, Medical Education 45.2 (2011), 141 – 148

The Feeling of What Happens

Damasio, Antonio (London: Heinemann, 1999)

The Felt Hat

De Domizio Durini, Lucrezia (Milan: Charta, 1997)

The Female Malady

Showalter, Elaine (London: Virago, 1987)

The Greatest Benefit to Mankind

Porter, Roy (London: Harper Collins, 1997)

The Heart

Peto, James (ed.) (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007)

The Male and Female Figure in Motion

Muybridge, Eadweard (Toronto: Dover Publications Inc, 1984)

The Metamorphoses

Ovid, trans. by Mary Innes (London: Penguin, 1955)

The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre

Lecoq, Jacques (London: Methuen, 2000)

The Mütter Museum

Jones, Nora (Philadelphia: Temple University, 2002)

The Need For Words: Voice and Text

Rodenburg, Patsy (London: Methuen, 1994)

The Pedagogy of the Poetic Body

Fusetti, Giovanni and Suzy Willson in The Paris Jigsaw: Internationalism and the city’s stages, ed. by D. Bradby and M Delgado (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History

Clarke, Graham (Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks, 1997)

The Physiology of the Joints: Volume 1

Kapandji, I. A, trans. by L.H. Honore (London: Churchill Livingstone, 1986)

The Physiology of the Joints: Volume 2

Kapandji, I. A., trans. by L.H. Honore (London: Churchill Livingstone: 1987)

The Player’s Passion

Roach, Joseph (Ann Arbor: University of Michegan Press, 1993)

The Powerful Placebo

Shapiro, Arthur K. and Elaine Shapiro (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1997)

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Goffman, Erving (London: Penguin, 1976)

The Primacy of Movement

Sheets-Johnstone, Maxine (Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1998)

The Quest for Sincerity

Rudlin, John, in Twentieth Century Actor Training’, ed. by Alison Hodge (London and New York: Routledge, 2010)

The Quick and the Dead

National Touring Exhibitions (London: South Bank Centre, 1998)

The Rainbow of Desire

Boal, Augusto (London: Routledge, 1995)

The Scar of Visibility

Kuppers, Petra (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

The Secret Art of the Performer

Barba, Eugenio and Nicola Savarese, trans. by Richard Fowler (London: Routledge, 1991)

The Silent World of Doctor and Patient

Katz, J (New York: New York Free Press, 1984)

The Theatre and It’s Double

Artaud, Antonin (London: John Calder, 1985)

The Two Cultures

Snow, C.P (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

The World of Perception

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, (New York: Routledge, 2004)

Theatre & Everyday Life

Read, Alan (London: Routledge, 1995)

Theatre for Pleasure or Instruction

Brecht, Bertold, ed. by John Willet (London: Eyre Methuen, 1977)

Theatre of Gesture and Movement

Lecoq, Jacques, ed. by David Bradby (London and New York, Routledge, 2006)

Theatre of the Oppressed

Boal, Augusto (New York: Theatre Communications Group, Inc., 1979)

Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement

Read, Alan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Therapeutic Photography

Fairey, Tiffany, PhotoVoice Methodology Series, (2008)

There Are No Secrets

Brook, Peter (London: Methuen, 1995)

Through The Body

Callery, Dymphna (London: Nick Hern Books, 2001)

Time to Heal

Ludmerer, Kenneth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

To Have Or To Be?

Fromm, Eric (New York and London: Continuum, 2007)

Tomorrow’s Doctors

General Medical Council Education Committee ( Manchester: GMC, 2009)

Twentieth Century Actor Training

Hodge, Alison (ed.) (London and New York: Routledge, 2000)

Under Erasure

Defebaugh, Nicole, Qualitative Inquiry 14 (2008), 1402

Voice and the Actor

Berry, Cicely (London: Virgin Books, 1989)

West Wing: Making Art and Architecture Work for Health

Unknown (London: Barts and The London NHS Trust, 2005)

What Good Are the Arts

Carey, J. (London: Faber, 2005)

What Really Matters

Kleinman, Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

What’s a Good Doctor, and How Can You Make One?

Hurwitz, Brian and Alex Vass, British Medical Journal 325 (2002), 667-668

When the Body Says No

Gabor, Mate (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2003)

You are as Young as Your Spine

Hearn, Editha (Chichester: William Heinemann Medical Books Ltd, 1967)

Embodied Health

Bond, Allison R., Heather F. Mason, Chelsey M. Lemaster, Stephanie E. Shaw, Caroline S. Mullin, Emily A. Holick and Robert B. Saper, Medical Education Online 18 (2013), 20699w

Illness: The Cry of the Flesh

Carel, Havi (Stocksfield: Acumen, 2008)

Taking on the Role of Doctor

Haas, Jack and William Shaffir, Symbolic Interaction 5.2 (1982), 187-203