Tag Archives: Fall 2016

Consumption and vampires: metaphor and myth before science

Gregory W. Rutecki Cleveland, OH, USA   Illustrations of vampires. Provided by Author.       “In New England…It is believed that consumption is not a physical but a spiritual disease…as long as the body of a dead consumptive relative has blood in its heart it is proof that an occult influence…is…draining the blood of […]

The boy with the fedora

Christopher J. Schayer New Haven, Connecticut (Fall 2016) Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Photo submitted. One of the many wonderful things about going to school in New Haven, Connecticut is its proximity to New York City.  From the Metro North ride into the opulent Grand Central Station, to window shopping on 5th […]

St. Patrick’s Hospital: a legacy of Jonathan Swift

Linda S. Slusser Wellington, Ohio   Jonathan Swift by Charles Jervas 1718 Today, St. Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, known for the innovative care of its patients provides “Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health services.”1  When founded in 1745 by the bequest of Jonathan Swift, it  was the first psychiatric hospital to be built in Ireland […]


Tafadzwa Kasambira Silver Spring, Maryland   Not long before she discovered her diagnosis, Rachel felt a flutter in her chest and a sense that the air seeping through her lungs was more agitated, as if moving through a maze. She had that feeling of foreboding you get as you slip into poor health―a sense of […]

Muslim women healers of the medieval and early modern Ottoman Empire

Nada Darwish and Alan S. Weber Doha, Qatar (Fall 2016)   Although known only through court documents, legal proceedings, and references in the writings of male practitioners, the tabiba – a female practitioner of folk medicine, midwifery, and gynecology – was an important member of the medical community in the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923).  The existing historical record unfortunately […]

Clinical teaching

The early part of the student’s clinical career is always the most important. Every doctor knows that the initiation into clinical work is one of the most difficult intellectual and personal trials of the student’s career. The best help that the clinical teacher can give to his students during the early part of their career […]

The thickening of blood

Nod Ghosh Christchurch, New Zealand   It begins when you are a child, in the pre-antibiotic dawn of an Indian summer, one of six siblings, five of whom will eventually die of broken heart valves or diabetes. But let us say for now, you are a child, a child who loves to dance, to play […]

Anatomical heart illustration #1 and #2

Paul Rooprai Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Fall 2016)    Anatomical Heart Illustration #1  Anatomical Heart Illustration #2 Artist Statement Anatomical Heart Illustration #1 and #2 are digital renderings created in Adobe Photoshop CS6.  The artworks are personally meaningful to me and were inspired by a woman I met in a volunteer placement while in the Health […]

A poem about plagiarism

Sergei Jargin Moscow, Russia  (after Edgar Allan Poe) Not Pushkin am I, neither Poe, So great is not my fame. I am a humble Russian poet, S. Jargin is my name.   To plagiarize is worse than steal We love the Copyright, And by quotations we reveal The source from which we write.   Great […]


Charles H. Halsted Davis, California, USA   Dr. Charles Halsted (right) and his patient who is the subject of the poem (left). Photo courtesy of Charles Halsted. Redemption I’m high on crack and going eighty, black rainy night, oncoming lights, back seat guy shouts out: “Look out!” too late. I cannot breathe, my chest’s come […]