Tag Archives: Summer 2015

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

Rebecca Green and Mas Ahmed United Kingdom   St. Batholomew’s Hospital courtyard with the Fountain as it stands today Source: photograph taken by Farah Aga, used with kind permission. There is something about St Bartholomew’s Hospital, something – it may be in its age, its history or its associations – which creates towards it and, […]

Broadmoor: 150 years in the life of a secure psychiatric hospital

Gwen Adshead United Kingdom   Broadmoor Hospital If you type “Broadmoor” into a common search engine, two residential centers will be recommended to you. One is a luxurious spa in Colorado, with cheerful and enthusiastic testimonials (“I shall certainly stay at the Broadmoor again!”). The other is a maximum security psychiatric hospital, the subject of […]

You’re no fi’ Glasgow: memories of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Christopher Frank Kingston, Canada    The Glasgow Royal Infirmary We know famous hospitals for the care they provide,for eminent physicians who have worked in them, or for their architectural heritage. Hospitals are rarely famous for their patients. The Glasgow Royal Infirmary dates back to the eighteenth century and is best known as the place where […]

Ellis Island Hospital, from quarantine to freedom

 Ellis Island Hospital Overview U.S.National Archives (12) Annabelle S. Slingerland Leiden, the Netherlands   The recent news and concerns about immigration into Europe and other parts of the world bring to mind similar events and fears prevailing in the years during which millions of people immigrated into the United States of America. During that period, […]

Alcatraz Hospital revisited – patients behind bars

Annabelle Slingerland Leiden, the Netherlands     Alcatraz Island While many hospitals and their locations become historic icons for the accomplishments of their staff, Alcatraz Hospital is famous for its very walls, its infamous patients, and treatment. It was a hospital inside a maximum security U.S. federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island, which covers twenty-two acres […]

Quarantining souls: the impact of plague village

Anahita Dua Wisconsin, United States   Eyam church and graveyard where plague victims are buried. Infectious diseases have debilitated or ended more lives in history than any other illness. Quarantine, from the Italian quaranta, has been implemented since the fourteenth century as the cornerstone of a coordinated effort to control the spread of disease.1 Isolation […]

When did you last let your heart decide?

Sukanya Sam Chennai, India This woman in labor is not my patient. But the nurses worriedly tell me that the baby’s heartbeat could not be localized. Both handheld Doppler machines had broken down in the labor room unit of our small tertiary hospital. I was the resident on duty. I use the Pinard’s stethoscope, my […]

Winslow Homer, the eye-surgeon

Water color painting of Winslow Homer entitled Adirondacks Guide ( 1892). Inset: Detail of the guide’s right eye showing the blue iris, black pupil and the corneal blade mark by the artist.   Although the 19th Century American painter Winslow Homer has been hailed as a lover of the land because of his striking watercolors, […]

Saint kills parents, erects hospital, and shares bed with a leper

Sally Metzler Chicago, Illinois, United States   Masolino da Panicale, Musée Ingres, Montauban. Fig. 1: Attributed to Franciabigio, c.1515, Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917.   The Italian Renaissance artist Franciabigio has illustrated a horrendous crime of passion (fig. 1). He depicted the moment when Saint Julian, consumed with false jealously, killed […]

Illuminating addiction: morphinomania in fin-de-siècle visual culture

Natalia Angeles Vieyra Philadelphia, PA     Paul-Albert Besnard, Morphinomanes ou Le Plumet, 1887 Etching and drypoint, plate: 9 5/16 x 14 inches (23.75 x 35.6 cm) Sheet: 12 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches (32.1 x 44.8 cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1980 The etchings of Paul-Albert Besnard […]