Tag Archives: Summer 2012

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 […]

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 Illinois, USA   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 autumn, I stumbled onto […]

Timelessness of the intangible

Bill Wolak 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 theatre of ideas, emotions, […]

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 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 the physician […]

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 […]