Tag Archives: Spring 2016

Of Pine and Man: Reflecting on Henry David Thoreau’s Sentiment in ‘Chesuncook’

James Mathew and Robert Pavlik Milwaukee, WI (Spring 2016) From the book Hungary by Adrian and Marianne Stokes It is the living spirit of the tree, not its spirit of turpentine, with which I sympathize, and which heals my cuts. It is as immortal as I am, and perchance will go to as high a […]

Visualizing the paradise within

Ashleigh Frayne University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Spring 2016)   Milton had been blind for seven years when he began to compose Paradise Lost; however, there is much evidence to suggest that Milton had struggled with his vision from an early age. This struggle had great influence on his writing. In Paradise Lost, Milton […]

Jane Eyre and tuberculosis

Afsheen Zafar, FCPS Islamic International Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Spring 2016) I had just put down my pen after the last patient left the room. She somehow reminded me of the Brontë sisters. She had been diagnosed with tuberculous axillary lymphadenitis after a biopsy but otherwise seemed to be in perfect health. Apparently she was […]

Seven reasons why nurses want to leave their job

Victorina T. Malones, RN, Iloilo City, Philippines (Spring 2016) Some years ago I wanted to work as the best hospital nurse I could possibly be. I worked hard to become a staff nurse. I passed the board exam, had a successful interview, and after months of gaining experience by volunteering, I was hired. After I […]


Mathew Kinsella, LPN/VN Browns Mills, NJ (Spring 2016) Oak tree Public Domain One flew east, one flew west And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest                                                 -Ken Kesey   The cacophony of egregious expletives coming from the crisis reception room astounds even the seasoned psychiatric staff working the hospital swing-shift. All spit and vinegar, the […]

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 […]

Sant’Anna Hospital in Ferrara

  Sant’Anna church: first site of the hospital Sara Zanella, MD Azienda Università/Ospedale, Cona, Italy (Spring 2016) When the Marquis Nicolò III of Este and his son Leonello were ruling Ferrara at the beginning of the fifteenth century, about twenty different confraternities of monks and friars and lay associations, had the monopoly over the citizens’ […]

King Edward VII Memorial Hospital

Paul S. Dhillon Saskatchewan, Canada (Spring 2016)   King Edward VII Memorial Hospital was erected by public subscription and first opened after the Battle of the Falklands on December 8, 1914 on land that was a gift of George Bonner, ESQ. Some reports state the hospital was open in 1912 with the exception of its […]

The Heritage Craft Schools and Hospitals for Crippled Children

Grace Hannam Kimmins, 1870-1954, from Kimmins, p6* Lisa J. Pruitt, PhD Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (Spring 2016) At the beginning of the twentieth century, following a decade of work among the London poor, Grace Hannam Kimmins (1870-1954) envisioned an idyllic rural retreat, a healing haven for children crippled by diseases associated with urban […]

Bellevue Hospital at the dawn of the apocalypse

Diya Banerjee, MD New York University, NY (Spring 2016) Image by Teri Tynes It is tempting to think of the history of medicine as an orderly procession of notable firsts—the first transplants, medications, wards, cures—together making up a linear march towards progress and humankind’s continual betterment. Bellevue Hospital, in its very building and plot, subscribes […]