Literary Essays

Lena Arampatzidou

Synesthesia in medicine and the humanities

Kate Baggott

A difficult diagnosis: humor – how we laugh at doctors

Katherina Baranova

The unsexed woman: depictions of women in 19th century fictional literature new

Angela Belli

Dr. Blockhead’s victory: up there, down here

Ending one’s life on the stage

Victoria Bonebakker

Humanities at the heart of healthcare

Basil Brooke

‘The lament of the Old Woman of Beare’—contrasting the passage of life

Vasudha Chandra

Remembering Charlotte Brontë

Kathleen Coggshall

Sylvia Plath: the tortured artist?

Jack Coulehan

Walt Whitman: a difficult patient

Paul Dakin

Sir Roderick Glossop: Wodehouse’s “eminent loony doctor”

Noah DeLone

Latin and medicine

Sabina Dosani

Madness, mind-doctors and Mrs Dalloway new

Martin Duke

Tobias Smollett, MD: his medical life and experiences

George Dunea

PDF Document Aphorisms and facetiae of Bela Schick

PDF Document Aphorisms from Latham
John Keats – one whose name was writ in water new

Francesco Enia

An Eliotian journey through suffering

Laura Fitzpatrick

Pushing back at perceptions of epilepsy: the interplay between medicine and literature in three 19th-century British novels

James L. Franklin

PDF Document Prescription for a Healthy Nation: A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World

PDF Document To the Glory of God and the Service of Man: The Life of James A. Campbell, M.D.

PDF Document Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Age of Flimflam

Ashleigh Frayne

Visualizing the paradise within

Dean Gianakos

Reading poems, saving lives

Grant Gillett and Robin Hankey

Sophocles’ Antigone and the complexities of suicide

John Graham-Pole

The truth of the imagination

Valerie Gribben

The Brothers Grimm under the knifenew

Stanley Gutiontov

Chekhov: Ward No. 6

Sarah Jane I. Irawa

Madame Defarge: the psychology of vengeance

Leah Kaminsky


Sylvia R. Karasu

Hawthorne’s ‘The Birthmark:’ a failure to find a perfect future in an imperfect present

About face: from revulsion to compassion

Anna Lantz

The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library: a cultural treasure

Anna Lantz and Einar Perman

The basilisk—a cause of sudden death

John Last

Medicine and literature: passion, compassion, confusion and other emotions in stories of sickness and healers

Carol Levine

New opioid epidemic: another long day’s journey new

Pekka Louhiala and Raimo Puustinen

Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world

James Mathew & Robert Pavlik

Of Pine and Man: Reflecting on Henry David Thoreau’s Sentiment in ‘Chesuncook’

Giuseppe P. Mazzarello

PDF Document Goethe, his love rivals and evidence of a generalized anxiety disorder Giuseppe Paolo Mazzarello, M.D

Jamie McKinstry

Experiencing metaphor: a medieval headache

Lea Mendes

The medical journey of Charles Dickens

Atara Messinger

Margaret Edson’s W;t: lessons on person-centered care new

Tony Miksanek

Grumpy doctors and the short story

Joshua D. Niforatos 

Love, cancer and the caregiver’s faith of C.S. Lewis

Serefnur Oztur

    PDF DocumentMy stroke of insight: a brain scientist’s personal journey

J.M.S. Pearce

Observations on Acronyms
Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848): A tale of aspiration and decline
George Gordon Lord Byron and his limp new

Giorgina Barbara Piccoli and Martina Ferraresi

Cosmas and Damian: a southern Italian story of tolerance, sex, war, religion, and medicine

Solomon Posen

The doctor in literature: the abortion and the abortionist

Gregory W. Rutecki

Consumption and vampires: metaphor and myth before science

Poe’s consumptive paradox

Bonnie Salomon

Emily Dickinson and medical ethics: the “Belle of Amherst” as ethicist

Richard Selzer

Richard Selzer on writing

Fergus Shanahan

The unloved gut

Michael D. Shulman

Saints on trial new

Anoushka Sinha

Manifestations of madness in King Lear

Mahala Yates Stripling

Richard Selzer: the birth of literature and medicine

The surgeon storyteller

Annette Tuffs

The morbid poet: Gottfried Benn, the morgue and the mysterious postcard

Mary Vallo

Resounding silence: the trouble with Hamlet’s body and soul

Narrative control and the monster within: empowering disability in Jane Eyre new

Roslyn Weaver

Medical mysteries and detective doctors: metaphors of medicine

Maarten Wensink

Tolstoy: insights for doctors and other humans

Mila H. Whiteley

Reason vs. Emotion in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley

Winona Winkler Wendth


Sarah Wise

Why ‘Nurse’ Grace Poole is the greatest puzzle in Jane Eyre new

Bill Wolak

Timelessness of the intangible

Frank Wollheim

Joseph Roth, a visionary poet and victim of European history new

Afsheen Zafar

Jane Eyre and tuberculosis

Larry Zaroff & Tony Chan

Emily Dickinson’s mystifying in-sight