I am a member of The International Association for Jungian Studies. (IAJS). I have recently started up a magazine based on the American TV drama House M.D. I write (and contributors write) about the show from an academic perspective. I am struggling to get customers and writing contributors at present, hence I am writing to organisations such as this and the International Association of Analytical Psychology and organisations to do with popular culture, medicine and so forth. Personally I think that Jungian organisations are the most obvious choice for me to approach as I am constantly working on (academically and personally) issues such as psychological unity and dissociation. However I think it right that I reach out to members of discussion forums like this because in my essay in the first issue of the magazine I wrote a paper challenging Houses sole emphasis on physical science. My argument (supported by Jung/Pauli) was that there is a link between the physical and the psychological and that the latter energy can (and sometimes does) change into physical energy. However, I would welcome written contributions supporting or opposing my view... so as long as you like House then scientific writers are very welcome irrespective of whether I agree or disagree with what you write.
I am therefore hoping that the launch of HOUSE. M.D. Professional Magazine will be of some interest to you.
The first issue of HOUSE M.D. Professional Magazine was launched on January 2nd. TO BUY THE FIRST ISSUE OR FOR ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION OR TO CONTRIBUTE AN ESSAY, PLEASE CONTACT PAUL BUDDING BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any interest that you or a colleague show will be greatly appreciated.
An advert for issue 1 can be viewed at my Docstoc page: http://www.docstoc.com/profile/paulbudds The advert contains the front cover, contents page and essay abstracts.
Two of the essays in issue 1 are psychological (specifically Jungian) and another is philosophical (specifically deriving from the work of Ayn Rand's objectivism). Writers who contribute an essay receive every copy (from and including the months issue they contribute towards) free of charge. So for example an author who writes an essay for the February edition receives the February issue of the magazine for free... and every months issue of 2010 thereafter for free.
I hope that you (or someone that you know) is interested... I look forward to hearing from you if you are.
Paul Budding (Editor)
Abstract concerning a currently untitled essay set for publication in the February issue
Only rarely does Dr. Gregory House, the anti-hero of the television drama House M.D., fail to cure. An esteemed diagnostician (from the Greek to distinguish, to know), House identifies whatever ails his patients from week to week through technical investigation and reasoned analysis. In spite of this, however, House seldom heals. This is particularly apparent in the second season episode, “Forever,” in which House readily abandons his patient to his more compassionate colleague, oncologist Dr. James Wilson, once the diagnosis of cancer is made (Episode 222). Although this transfer of medical responsibility makes sense in the specialized and fractured system of biomedicine, Wilson ’s doctoring is routinely juxtaposed against that of the abrasive House. House’s comment to Wilson after he barricades himself in his office in “Need to Know” (Episode 211) encapsulates the latter’s method of empathetic witnessing: “I know you’re in there. I can hear you caring.” These episodes, and the series in general, demonstrate the phenomenological complexity associated with contemporary medical care. The contemporary physician must identify a veiled disease, manifested as symptoms expressed within a human subject. The House M.D. plotline, a sleuth-like effort to detect disease despite its concealment, neatly portrays the phenomenological problem of the appearance of objects. In this paper, we will discuss how House M.D. develops the phenomenological tension of appearances, discussed by Edmund Husserl in Ideas (1913) and Martin Heidegger in Being and Time (1927), and the phenomenological conception of the truth (logos) of appearances. We believe that the television drama not only depicts central conflicts in 20th-century phenomenology, but that, in doing so, it may be instructive in helping us understand distinct problems in health care and public health today. For example, there is a move in contemporary health care to treat the whole person, in contrast to simply identifying and eliminating disease. These distinct modes of patient treatment stem from phenomenological approaches to medicine — one based on germ theory and the other on caring for people. Dr. House’s reproach that “everybody lies” reminds us that, despite patient-centered transformations in both medicine and the law, health care remains a science aimed toward truth, leaving biomedicine and public health to struggle with what is a classic phenomenological problem.
The paper will include:
1. A fairly straightforward characterization of Husserl’s and Heidegger’s phenomenology and, more particularly, Heidegger’s discussion of phenomenon and truth.
2. A description of the phenomenology of modern (19th-century) medicine, as defined by Michel Foucault and demonstrated in House M.D.
3. A description of contemporary medicine, as defined by contemporary practice and demonstrated in House M.D.
4. A conclusion about how House M.D. reveals central phenomenological problems in contemporary medicine and public health.