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‘A higher form of listening’: a commentary on ‘the human bodies of World War II: beyond the battlefield’
  1. Emily Mayhew
  1. Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Emily Mayhew, Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK; e.mayhew{at}


This issue’s interdisciplinary range parallels the generative multidisciplinary scope in the developing field of medical humanities. A closely detailed and empathic interdisciplinary analysis of physical and mental injury can offer additional historical and cultural resources to medical practitioners, thus broadening potential patient treatment options beyond institutional and disciplinary boundaries.

  • conflict recovery
  • health care education
  • cultural history

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  • Contributors EM's own work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.