February 27th was the third anniversary of Leonard Nimoy’s death. For most people, his name will conjure up images of “the Vulcan salute”—what a 1968 New York Times article described as a “double-fingered version of Churchill’s victory sign.” His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, and Nimoy drew from his Orthodox upbringing when creating the iconic gesture. In his autobiography, I Am Spock, he explains: “This gesture symbolizes the Hebrew letter shin, the first letter in the word Shaddai, ‘Lord.’”
In this month's Body and Embodiment blog installment, Kelly Underman (Drexel University) interviews Amy Chandler about her book Self-Injury, Medicine and Society (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).
Guest bloggers discuss hot topics, teaching ideas, and research dilemmas on bodies.