Tag Archives: Spring 2016

Tobias Smollett, MD: his medical life and experiences

Martin Duke Mystic, Connecticut, USA Every generation seems to produce its share of physicians and surgeons who are remembered for their literary accomplishments—Avicenna and Maimonides in the middle ages, Rabelais during the French Renaissance, Thomas Browne in the 17th century and Keats and Goldsmith in the 18th century.  Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Axel Munthe, […]

A coffee many years later

Drita Puharić, MSN Makarska, Croatia (Spring 2016)   I’m sitting in a small cafe bar waiting for my friend Marija whom I haven’t seen since high school. She left with her husband for Canada after the war. How long had it been since we’d seen each other? It seems like an eternity… I can’t wait […]

The boy with two dads

David G. Thoele Chicago, Illinois, United States   Martin pictured with his two dads The first time I met Martin in my clinic, the 7-year-old seemed friendly, but shy.  He was a bit chubby, with dark, short-cropped hair, rounded fingernails, and blue-tinged skin. He was short for his age, with features of Down syndrome, which […]


Dalis Seungeun Kim MS1, USF Morsani College of Medicine, United States   Fear – Acrylic on canvas – 16 x 20   Artist Statement: This painting depicts fear and the interplay of different regions of the brain (i.e. hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and amygdala). The serpent’s tongue is reaching toward the individual in white— haunting memory […]


(An encounter with the Health Care System) Inge Faust I woke up one morning a quarter to nine With an awful feeling in that body of mine And I knew that was not a very good sign Since in my whole life I always felt fine.   How strange to feel so on a sunny […]

Looking back and forward: a personal view on public care

Matthew Reidy Shrewsbury, MA, USA   September 10, 1927 Mrs. Mary Reidy 99 Downing Street, Worcester, Mass. Dear Mrs. Reidy: Your little girl Katherine was examined in our out-patient clinic on Thursday, and she presents a complicated problem.  She is nearly 12 years of age and psychological tests show that she has a mental age […]

Visionary art and the metaphysical

Evernus Williams Searcy, AR, United States (Spring 2016) Artist’s note: These works stem from various studies of anatomical structures and their relationship to nature and technology.  When I first endeavored to learn about the human form in 2002, I studied anatomical dissections directly at a local college’s lab while also taking life drawing classes.  The […]

My grandmother

Ravi Shankar Oranjestad, Aruba The room was simple. A wooden bed on one side, a sofa for visitors on the other. Two unadorned wooden doors faced each other, allowing some cross ventilation. Both opened into long dark and cool corridors as was common in old houses in Kerala. I had often enquired as to why […]