Tag Archives: Spring 2017

The Craft of Medical Reflection

JTH Connor St. John’s, Newfoundland   Allan Peterkin is a professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a teacher and author he is probably best known for his survival guide to post graduate medical studies, Staying Human During Residency Training:  How to Survive and Thrive after Medical School, which […]

Reluctance

Ken Williams Cambria, CA, USA    Agent Orange being sprayed during the Vietnam War Triple canopy jungle stripped bare by Agent Orange Reluctance weighing his heels slowing his pace doctor enters Face gray with worry body tight with knowledge my wife’s grip tightens Blood count wrong responding not they’ve done all says he, also, “You […]

Poetry Series

Simon Perchik East Hampton, NY, USA   Rothko Squared by Brett Jordan Without an address your hands lean across –another crease making the final correction though this note still opens out windblown, fingerprints everywhere on her lips on her breasts, on the bed sheet folded and over, warmed for its nakedness and side by side […]

Strokes

Stephen Mead Albany, New York, USA   Commitment/Knowing, watercolor pencil on canvas paper Who am I?  Nobody but myself. Here I lie, quite anchored, a hesitant child led by questions which assure proper response. I grant them whatever they want, a nod or a name. From them I expect nothing less and get plenty of, […]

Joseph Babinski of the Babinski Sign

In 1848 populist revolutions swept across Europe, in Germany, France, and Italy – and also in Poland, where an uprising to gain independence from Russia was ruthlessly suppressed. To escape the repression that followed, Aleksander and Henryieta Babinski fled to France. Their son Joseph was born there in 1857, in Paris – not in Poland […]

The blue pain

Shirali Raina Noida, India   Deliverance Photography and digital effects by Shirali Raina His black smudged, The white  blurred, Grey and only grey His shadowed world. Breathing in doubt, Breathing out dread. Angels in his heart, And demons in the head. His mind in tatters, Blue, blue the pain. Shunned and ragged, The world of […]

Aequanimitas and apathy

Lee W. Eschenroeder Charlottesville, Virginia   Sir William Osler On May 1, 1889, Sir William Osler, one of the greatest clinicians and educators of all time, stood before students at the University of Pennsylvania and delivered the valedictory address “Aequanimitas.”  Since that day equanimity, or “imperturbability” as Osler also named it, has become one of […]

Portraiture in the head and neck cancer clinic: A patient’s perspective

Mark Gilbert Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada James E. Van Arsdall Omaha, NE   Figure 1. Jim, 2014, Charcoal on Paper, University of Nebraska Medical Center. I first met Scottish artist Mark Gilbert in 2013 as a participant in his  Ph.D. dissertation study, “The Experience of Portraiture in Clinical Settings” [EPICS]. I was introduced to the […]

New York Lungs

Slavena Salve Nissan New York City, NY, USA   Corazonada Fernando Vicente do i have new york lungs like you? the same bits of black in my upper lobes? i sure hope i do i want my beloved city to leave its mark in me the way it did in you after that first time […]

Kirkleatham Hospital

Stephen Martin Mahasarakham   Figure 1. Kirkleatham Hospital Art and architecture in historic almshouses provided aesthetic pleasure, improved self-esteem and attended to spiritual need. An example of early Enlightenment philanthropy in the English village of Kirkleatham, Cleveland, provides major humanitarian lessons for the planners of today. East Cleveland was used to progressive thinking. A remarkable […]