Tag Archives: Summer 2009

Maximum security kindness or the public health nurse accrues her CEU’s

Geraldine Gorman Chicago, Illinois, United States   When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel As she leaned into the doorway of my room, I explained the quandary to my daughter, Grace. “I don’t know what to do,” I said, “I am supposed […]

To Nurse – Hospital Halls – Breath – and more

CAROL BATTAGLIA was born and raised in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. She recently retired from Loyola Medical Center after practicing nursing there for 30 years. She is the author of 3 books, and has been described as a minimalist who writes with a Haiku rhythm. She is currently completing a book of spiritual poems. […]

Tuberculosis – a journey across time

Mindy A. Schwartz   Introduction Few diseases have captured the imagination more than tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis fascinates many people – scientists and epidemiologists, artists and humanitarians, sociologists and physicians. It is as much the stuff of art and song as a merciless killer of the young and old. Even its name conjures the image of […]

Color, image and symbol: memory recalling the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait through drawings

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield   Introduction In 2004, I was hired by Kuwait University to teach at its College for Women in the Middle East state of Kuwait. In addition to teaching studio arts, I grappled with the idea of how a shared traumatic event might affect the development of Kuwaiti youth who had experienced the invasion […]

Tense

Lawren VandeVrede Chicago, Illinois,  USA I stand in a room where over half of the people are dead. Students stand like vultures over corpses barely identifiable as human. Lieska stalks like a reaper between the tables culling fascia and fat. But death is not present in the room. Death has come and done his grisly work, […]

After inspection – Inheritance – Summation

Shirley Stephenson   After Inspection Palpation, table to skin. The tumblehome ribcage seeking amen. Three times light, organs figure an aquarium. Muzzled one hand sensing the other active to pressure, volar surface. Turgor discriminates seaworthiness. Percussion borders tone. Clapotis caravans. Density, an oarlock murmur, proper blows delivered. Tympany snared in underlying glaciers. Judgment within the […]

Marc Chagall brings a message of hope and faith to the disabled

Rachel C. Baker Chicago, Illinois, United States (Summer 2009)   Rehabilitating the disabled requires not only physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and speech pathologists, but also aesthetically appealing surroundings. According to visionary Henry B. Betts, MD, former President of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), We do this by surrounding each disabled person with […]

Blades of the mill: a man battling with cancer

Barb Schwarz Karst and Robert Schwarz (Summer 2009) Cancer   THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT “The doctor said it might be lymphoma,” I told his nurse after he had left the room and my temperature had gone from normal happy being to the sweat of a man facing a firing squad in seconds. “So,” she casually said. […]

Artist statement – Blades of the mill: a man battling with cancer By Barb Schwarz Karst

Barb Schwarz Karst (Summer 2009) “Blades of the Mill” is a series of eighteen mixed media paintings representing my brother Bob, four months into his eight-month treatment for cancer. Each of the eighteen paintings contains an image of Bob and a line of poetry that signifies a major turning point in his life. When combining […]

Anatomical ghosts in The Merchant of Venice

Mauro Spicci   Antonio and the dangers of self-diagnosis In the last few years the steadily growing number of attempts to read Shakespeare’s plays from a medical perspective has been justified by the idea that they are not simply the immortal fruits of a genius, but also documents reflecting the historical, cultural, and social background […]