Tag Archives: Summer 2017

Manga as medical critique

Adil Menon Cleveland, Ohio (Summer 2017)   Osama Tezuka 1951 “Godfather of Manga” Stark lines are often drawn in American and European literature between graphic novels, which cater primarily to adults, and comics, which despite their broad appeal are perceived as being meant for younger audiences.  No such dichotomy exists within the Japanese medium of […]

Doctor bites policeman in Chicago religious dispute

St. Volodmyr and  Olha Cathedral The episode took place in Chicago about half a century ago. At the time some 100,000 Ukrainians lived in the greater Chicago area, mostly in a near-west neighborhood referred to as the Ukrainian village. They were mostly (c.70%) Catholics of the Byzantine or Eastern rite, adhering to the old Julian […]

Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Cristóbal S Berry-Cabán Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC (Summer 2017)   Fig 1. Katherine Anne Porter.  Photograph taken in Mexico, 1930. In Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Katherine Anne Porter weaves the horrors of the Great War, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the near-death experience of a young woman in love with a doomed […]

Classicism and Sir Charles Bell’s Engravings of the Nerves

Allister Neher Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Summer 2017)   Charles Bell, A Series of Engravings, Explaining the Course of the Nerves Readers of medical humanities journals have become accustomed to seeing articles on anatomical illustration and its indebtedness to the techniques and conventions of the fine arts. As diverse as connections between these two areas can […]

Defining dead

Arya Shah Rochester, MN (Summer 2017)   Park Point Trail The checklist of death was foreign to me when I first ran down its list. It’s hard to describe that encounter with death, but let’s see if I can convey the gist. It started on a bright summer morning. A boy woke up for a […]

Treating thunderbirds

Ananya Mahapatra New Delhi, India (Summer 2017)   Setting the mind free  The cacophony of the psychiatric ward  paused for a moment as a young woman was ushered in by two hospital attendants and her frail, frightened  mother. She laughed garishly and cussed in rural vernacular with wild abandon. She spoke in loud unapologetic spurts, […]

I sing the battery electric

Victoria Crawford Chiang Mai, Thailand (Summer 2017)   One, two nights there came an odd flutter when half asleep, half awake, on my left side, as slight as a moth’s wings might stutter, a beat— lopsided, not to be denied. My five year old maker unpaced me, potholed cadences , the rhythm of my life: five […]

Breathing

Laura Anne White Rochester, MN (Summer 2017)   Author’s statement: I wrote this poem on a piece of scrap paper around five am, towards the end of a night shift. About fifteen minutes after coming into work that evening, a patient of mine who had been somnolent struggled to breathe. Moments like this have a […]