Tag Archives: Fall 2013

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

Pekka Louhiala, D.Med.Sci., PhD Hjelt Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland  Raimo Puustinen, MD, PhD, FT School of Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland It is common knowledge that patients may exhibit improvement following an encounter in which no specific drugs or effective medications were prescribed. Indeed, even fictional doctors have often been depicted as knowing that […]

Four short literary incisions (Or how I began to write things that did not let me sleep)

Catalina Florina Florescu Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, United States   In memoriam, to mom and dad   [Episode One: On Life and Even More Life] Carla hasn’t said a word since last Friday when her younger sister, Elvira, stopped talking. Elvira has been lying in bed, eyes almost shut all the time. If […]

Michael Reese Hospital – nurses, interns, and residents

(Fall 2013)   Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed.   The first nurses were hired through ads placed in local publications. In 1890, Michael Reese Hospital decided to open a school of nursing, and trained its first cohort of nurses. In […]

Michael Reese Hospital – beginnings

(Fall 2013)   Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed.   The first Michael Reese Hospital opened in 1881 at 29th Street and Groveland Park Avenue (renamed Ellis Avenue) in Chicago, at a cost of $60,000 donated from a charitable fund derived from […]