Our 24th print edition is now available for you to purchase! The Medicine Issue is an entire edition dedicated to dissecting, examining and probing all things ‘medicine’. Find one in a stockist, or grab it directly from us. 

As it happens, this is our last ever print issue in the newsprint tabloid format! In 2015 we’ll be relaunching as a top-quality quarterly. For now, be one of the lucky few to acquire a copy of The Medicine Issue.

Enough from us! Guest editor of the Medicine Issue, Karen Hitchcock, can explain the whys and wheres and howfors much better. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from her editorial introduction:

“In medicine, the lifted brow is an important sign: it tells us many things because of its unusual innervation. If you have a stroke that paralyses one side of your body, your ability to lift your brow will be preserved, as each side of the brow receives innervation and power from both hemispheres of the brain. Wipe out half your brain and you’ll be left with full brow-lifting ability. Such is the importance of the lifted brow. To wipe out one side of the brow, forget the brain, what you need is a direct attack on cranial nerve VII. Hit that nerve—with say, botox or herpes—and it will be as if a power line has been felled; despite nerve VII being supplied by two stations (left and right brain) it’s light’s out for one side of your brow. In short, the lifted brow is stroke proof; it reigns supreme in the face of out-and-out higher-centre destruction. Its power to express is protected and preserved from all but the dirtiest of attacks.

In this issue of The Lifted Brow we have stories of grief and horror: the ravages of anorexia; being paid a pittance by a pharmaceutical company to ingest untested, unnamed drugs which may or may not kill you; a psychiatric illness that affects the machines around you; operations; slow death. Susan Sontag famously wrote that everyone born holds dual citizenship: to the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick, that when you cross the border you take many people with you. The stories herein show us the way sickness reverberates from the body it inhabits, shockwaves spreading wide. They describe bodily chaos and meltdown; the attempt to make ourselves well or cope with inexorable decline. Having a doctor for a parent fails to protect Mike Day from illness. Alice Williams watches her father slowly deteriorate as he waits for a donor organ. Doctor Lisa Mitchell can’t fix her grandfather’s heart and Peter Goldsworthy diagnoses Jesus as an FLK. David Kelly watches a shaman in Peru treat his dying friend with a floating egg. Hannie Rayson sits in a Spanish hospital, terrified at the unexplained appearance of two gloved men: Christ, they’re going to give me an internal examination. Both of them. As Fiona Wright tells us: Illness is a foreign country. We do things differently here.”


In case you still need some convincing, peruse the Medicine Issue contents! There’s plenty in there:


COVER ART — Lachlan Conn

EDITORIAL NOTES — Karen Hitchcock

COMMENT — ‘Psychomechanical Dysfunction’ — Rob Selzer


  • WORK – ’Kate Rowan Robinson, Nurse’ – Christine Priestly
  • NATURE – 'Of Mice and Men and Medicine’ – Rhianna Boyle
  • BOOZE – 'Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Brief History of Booze as Medicine’ — Chad Parkhill
  • PSYCHOBABBLE – 'Written on the Body’ – Nina Gibb
  • ASTRONOMY – 'Masturbating Chimpanzees, Boiling Blood and Spacesuits’ – Nick Taras



  • ‘Joan’ — Fiona Maazel
  • ‘What to Eat’ — Daniel Gonzalez
  • ‘Lease on Life’ — Hannah Thurman


  • ‘Cuckoo in the Straw’ — Peter Goldsworthy


  • ‘The Shaman’s Egg’ — David Owen Kelly
  • ‘A Successful Death’ — Lisa Mitchell
  • ‘Pharma Roulette’ — Will Cox
  • ‘The Gift’ — Alice Williams
  • ‘Anorectics Anonymous’ — Fiona Wright
  • ‘A Case of Dad Stuff’ — Mike Day
  • ‘He Didn’t Even Have a Tremor: A Parkinson’s Pathography’ — Linda Boulton
  • ‘The Snip’ — John van Tiggelen
  • ‘Seville’ — Hannie Rayson
  • ‘Travelling With Epilepsy’ — India Poulton
  • ‘Aspiring Writer Disorder’ — Evan Williams


  • An Excerpt From An Interview With Amiel Courtin-Wilson



  • DISCOURSE — James Douglas
  • GAMES — Shaun Prescott
  • MUSIC — Jonathan Brent
  • FILM — Rebecca Harkins-Cross
  • NOSTALGIA — Stephanie Van Schilt
  • WORDS — Ellena Savage
  • QUEER — Dion Kagan
  • PERFORMANCE — Jana Petrovic


  • Miley Cyrus — Amy Middleton
  • Getting a sexual health screening — Tristan Michael Savage
  • Medicine cabinets — Michelle Dicinoski
  • Crying in a cinema — Zoe Dzunko


  • ‘Megg, Mogg & Owl: Part IV’ — Simon Hanselmann
  • ‘Advice Comics’ — curated by Marc Pearson, featuring Krystal DiFronzo, Bailey Sharp and Mimi Chrzanowski
  • photography — Phebe Schmidt
  • ‘When I Close My Eyes’ — Katherine Botten
  • 'Healthcare’ — Mary Leunig
  • ‘Ashtrayan History: Entitlement’ — Sam Wallman
  • ‘Birth’ — Tom O’Hern
  • ‘Habit’ — Mandy Ord


  • 4 x Q&As with Ben & Jenny


A copy of the Medicine Issue will cost you just $9, plus postage. If a bargain has ever been this bargainy, it hasn’t, you’re just making it up. Grab it here.