Tag Archives: Fall 2012

The midwives of San Gimignano, 1336

Mary A. Osborne, BSN, RN SeniorBridge, Chicago, Illinois, United States Before the story line for Alchemy’s Daughter flew into my imagination, the idea of writing historical fiction had not occurred to me. I had penned a number of short stories, often inspired by my experiences as a home care nurse, and two semiautobiographical novels that […]

Apple Tree – Baby Poems

Jeanne Bryner, RN Vlad Pediatrics, Cortland, Ohio, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: Working in pediatrics, I find children’s bodies/spirits revealed in nature and my art. A child’s presence brings light to a room and hope to our world.   Apple tree Here, in the backyard, beyond the clothesline where I hang my sheets, my […]

History of nephrology: beginnings

George Dunea Hektoen Institute, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012)   Introduction In the second half of the 20th century nephrology became a fully-fledged specialty owing largely to the development of renal biopsy, dialysis, and kidney transplantation.1 Yet the seeds of these great advances were sown centuries earlier, based on the work and observations of […]

History of nephrology: the middle period

George Dunea Hektoen Institute, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012)   Domenico Cotugno Coagulable urine Despite centuries of medical progress, the presence of abnormal amounts of albumin in the urine remains to this day the most sensitive and widely used indicator of renal disease. Described by Hippocrates as “bubbles on the surface of the urine” […]

In the NICU – The Tumor

Lydia Kang Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, United States (Fall 2012)   Poet’s statement: “In the NICU” is a piece that reflects upon a mother’s feelings of guilt and imperfection as she holds, for the first time, her own sick infant in the NICU. “The Tumor” involves a patient’s experience of being diagnosed with a brain […]

Plaintive Music

Ron Domen Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, Pennsylvania, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: The loss of an unborn child through miscarriage, abortion, or premature death is always a highly charged emotional event for the parents. My poem is an attempt to not only capture the emotion of such an event […]

Mother’s Day is Different this Year

Diana Heiman Advocate Lutheran General, Park Ridge, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: Poetry writing has been a coping skill for me since I was a child. The inspiration for this poem is a recent miscarriage. Mother’s Day is different this year Early morning lump in my throat Tender breasts as I shift in […]

No Good Options

David G. Thoele Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem is about my patient Aaron, who was born, immediately became very sick and blue, and later the same day, died in his parents’ arms. Aaron had severe congenital heart disease, which we ultimately concluded was not […]

Heavy. Period. – We Breathe Together

Cheryl L. Kaplan Zachariah Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: These poems are clearly very personal to me, as I wrote each of them after separate miscarriages. I have since had two more, which I have not yet been able to write about. Although “infertility” is categorized as a disease according to the […]

At 38 Weeks, Wondering

Catherine Belling, PhD Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem suggests, from the point of view of an uncomfortably pregnant near-term woman, a possible origin story for humans’ upright posture with its ironic disadvantages for pregnancy and childbirth. At 38 weeks, wondering How many legs does […]