Sophie Ratcliffe works on ideas of feeling, readership, and the way in which emotion may manifest itself in the mind and the body. Her book On Sympathy was published with OUP in 2008. Current research in the area of the Medical Humanities includes work on the idea and representation of abortion in twentieth century literature and medical journals, and a study of the treatment of deafness in nineteenth-century writing. She is also interested in the ways in which reading literature may illuminate the day-to-day aspects of medicine as it is practised – and vice versa. As a result, she acts as a consultant and tutor on a course about literature for General Practitioners – see www.lit-med.com - and has also spoken to GP Registrars as part of their ongoing training.