Tag Archives: Winter 2012

Literary Quiz – #2 answers

William Boyd: The Pathology of Internal Diseases James A. Michener: Iberia Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls Aristotle: Metaphysics Xenophon: Anabasis Virginia Woolf: Night and Day William Faulkner: Sanctuary Winston Churchill: The Second World War Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

Literary Quiz – #2

FIRST SENTENCES OF GREAT CLASSICS TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! Of all the ailments that may blow out life’s little candle, heart disease is the chief. I have long believed that any man interested in either the mystic or the romantic aspects of life must sooner or later define his attitude concerning Spain. He lay flat on […]

Psychosocial – Hospice House

Jim Gustafson, MDiv       Fort Myers, Florida, United States (Winter 2012) Poet’s statement: “Hospice House” reflects on a time recently spent in the lobby of our local hospice facility, as I visited with a good friend named Wilma. “Psychosocial” reflects on the most recent events of Wilma’s life as she, who very much hates to fly, […]


Glenn Webb, PhD Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States (Winter 2012)Poet’s statement: In epidemiology, R0 (pronounced R-naught) is the measure of an epidemic. It is defined as the mean number of secondary cases produced by a typical single infected case in a population of susceptible individuals. R0 is an indicator for the severity of the […]

Intercepted letters: the Wandervogel syndrome

Reprinted from The Lancet, Anonymous, “The Wandervogel syndrome,” 1411–1412, December 24, 1966, with permission from Elsevier. My dear Dean, You seemed surprised in Faculty when I raised objections against extended leave of absence for Johnson to act as visiting professor in Chile. I have been brooding about this business for some time, and here is […]

Cruel to be kind

Thom Ferrier United Kingdom (Winter 2012)   When does “eliciting a response using pain” turn into sadism? While working in the Emergency Department in the ’90s, I would sometimes perceive an apparent vindictiveness in the actions of colleagues—and occasionally recognized within myself—born of tiredness, frustration, or a sense of being manipulated by a patient. At […]

The Therapist

Glen P. Aylward Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois, United States (Winter 2012) Poet’s statement: This poem addresses the burden placed on therapists who are exposed to the emotions and experiences of their patients on a daily basis and how these factors have a long-lasting, cumulative impact on the therapist’s own emotional well-being. The therapist A […]

Views from the Asylum

Robert Ferrari University of Alberta, Canada (Winter 2012) Poet’s statement: “Views from the Asylum” is an ekphrasis of Van Gogh’s works from his 1889 period, when he self-admitted to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and produced 150 paintings while in that asylum. It is interesting that he painted so much and so clearly under constraint. The same phenomenon is […]

Predicting heart attack

Shridhar Dwivedi, MD, PhD Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, New Delhi, India (Winter 2012) Poet’s statement: Coronary artery disease and heart attack have become epidemic among South Asians both at home and abroad. Identifying the disease at a very early stage is the best way to prevent a heart attack. This poem pens […]

Dancing with Dex

Viola Moriarty Bennington, Vermont, United States (Winter 2012) Poet’s statement: Originally part of a multi-media exhibit at the Bennington Cancer Center, this poem was a reflection upon the effects of steroids during chemotherapy, where “Dex” refers to dexamethasone.   After chemo #2, 2007 Viola Moriarty Oil on canvas 18” x 24” Dancing with Dex She […]