Tag Archives: Summer 2012

Literary Quiz – #4

FIRST SENTENCES OF GREAT CLASSICS TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun one day. The writer, an old man with a white mustache, had some difficulty in getting into bed. It was Wang Lung’s marriage day. I have often asked how it was, and through what series of steps, that […]

Richard Selzer on writing

Photography by pikimota   Someone asked me why a surgeon would write. Why, when the shelves are already too full? They sag under the deadweight of books. To add a single adverb is to risk exceeding the strength of the boards. A surgeon should abstain.  A surgeon, whose fingers are more at home in the steamy […]

“Once this Mist Clears” and other poems

Dr. Dileep Jhaveri Mumbai, India (Summer 2012) Poet’s statement: As a poet, however one may await inspiration as a chosen one, writing poetry is a matter of conscious decision. The work of the poet requires a close acquaintance with the literature of the world and other forms of art. Just as the healing touch of […]

Timelessness of the intangible

Bill Wolak William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, United States   Dileep Jhaveri, 2011 Born in 1943, Dileep Jhaveri is one of the most dynamic and articulate poets writing in India today. Like the Czech poet Miroslav Holub, his poetry mixes the objectivity of a scientist with an indefatigable lyricism. For Jhaveri, poetry is a […]

The surgeon storyteller

Mahala Yates Stripling Fort Worth, Texas, United States   Detail of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University Arriving early as usual, Richard Selzer leaned on his cane near the High Street entrance to the Sterling Memorial Library. Now at 5’ 7” and 123 pounds, this world-famous doctor-writer looked diminutive, dressed in his tan corduroy pants […]

Emily Dickinson and medical ethics: the “Belle of Amherst” as ethicist

Bonnie Salomon Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Illinois, United States It is a conceit of many a reader to interpret poetry as it affects their daily life. It certainly is a fancy of this reader, pouring over Emily Dickinson’s poems as a literary respite. While teaching a medical ethics course at a local college this past […]

A student’s call for mentorship

Stephanie L. Grach  Chicago, Illinois, United States (Summer 2012)   The Hippocratic Oath is surprisingly short in length given its indisputable importance to the medical community over the past 2,000 years. Its rules—such as “I will use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment” and “I will be […]

A Burglar in the Body – Too Heavy

Jan A. Jahner, RN-BC Christus St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States (Summer 2012) Poet’s statement: In the early weeks of my brother’s cancer journey, both of us were quite ungrounded. “A Burglar in the Body” reflects a snapshot in time. Nine months later he says: “Cancer came with the morning paper, knocking […]

The Chair

Linda A. Mason Barber, ARNP, MS Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (Summer 2012) Poet’s statement: Too often healthcare providers become immersed in the day-to-day activities and duties of their jobs, while seeming to be inattentive to the feelings and emotions of patients and their families. This poem was written to give voice to the […]

I Am the Very Model of an Up-to-Date Physician

Martin Duke, MD Mystic, Connecticut, United States (Summer 2012) Poet’s statement: Perhaps the most memorable moments of Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera presentations occur in their humorous patter songs, usually written as a rapid succession of rhythmic patterns and tongue-twisting lyrics sung at a fast tempo. With due apologies to the lyricist Sir William S. […]