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Surgery, note by note: Marin Marais’ Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille

James L. Franklin Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Summer 2012) Figure 1. Marin Marais, 1704 André Bouys How has medicine been depicted in music? Examples from the operatic stage come to mind: tuberculosis in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s La Bohème; madness or delirium in the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia Da Lammermoor and […]

The sound of one hand clapping: meditations on sinistrality

James L. Franklin (Winter 2009) Paper presented to the Chicago Literary Club on April 7, 2008  It all began on the coldest morning of the season in early December 2006. Painters were still in our apartment putting the finishing touches on what had proven to be an all too prolonged renovation project. However—the end was […]

The castrati: a physician’s perspective, part 2

James L. Franklin Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2010) The first half of this article was previously published in Hektoen International, Summer 2010 as  The castrati: a physician’s perspective, part I Medical aspects In this second part, we turn to the medical aspects of our subject and questions of by whom […]

The castrati: a physician’s perspective, part 1

James L. Franklin, MD Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Spring 2010) A modified version of this paper was presented on March 1, 2010 to the Chicago Literary Club. “The castrati: a physician’s perspective” will appear in two installments. The first one in this issue details the history, sociology and musical history relevant […]

Mozart, Mesmer and medicine

James L. Franklin, MD (Winter 2012) Paper given at the Chicago Literary Club on February 16, 2004 As a physician, I have long been interested in representations of medical topics in literature, art and music. Examples quickly come to mind: the world of the tuberculosis sanatorium in “The Magic Mountain” of Thomas Mann or an […]

Revisiting a medical classic

James L. Franklin, MD Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States   Théophile Alajouanine (1890–1980) Théophile Alajouanine delivered the Harveian Lecture to the Harveian Society of London on March 17, 1948. It was published in the journal Brain in September 1948 and became a medical classic, most frequently cited in papers devoted to the […]

Eisenhower and Crohn’s Disease

James L. Franklin (Winter 2009)  First Published in the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter Newsletter of September 11, 2005. Published by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  It is still well within the public consciousness that Dwight David Eisenhower suffered a myocardial infarction three years into his first term of office as President of the […]

John Dalton’s Eyes: A History of the Eye and Color Vision, Part One

John Dalton by Charles Turner via Wikimedia Commons James L. Franklin, M.D. Rush University, Chicago, IL (Summer 2016) Portions of this paper were read at a meeting of The Chicago Literary Club on March 21,2016 On October 31, 1794 before a meeting of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, a young man presented his […]

John Dalton’s Eyes: A History of the Eye and Color Vision, Part Two

James L. Franklin, M.D. Rush University, Chicago, IL (Summer 2016) This is part two of a two-part article. See part one. Color Blindness With this background on color vision, we return to the subject of color blindness. A familial component, what we now recognize as inherited or genetic, was evident in the earliest reports of color […]

Billroth

James L. Franklin, MD Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Winter 2015) Presented in an expanded version to the Chicago Literary Club, January 25, 1982 Theodor Billroth Operating , c. 1890 Adalbert Seligmann In the days when medical wards were full of patients consuming milk and cream along with graded Sippy diets supplemented by Sippy […]