Tag Archives: Winter 2016

The General Infirmary at Leeds

JMS Pearce Hull, United Kingdom   The General Infirmary at Leeds: 1771 Black and white image taken from a watercolor painting Presented to Leeds General Infirmary by Dr. J.R.H. Towers “The best hospitals in the world are not those which merely use new knowledge, but those which create it.” attributed to Sir George Pickering (1960) […]

San Francisco General Hospital: treating AIDS on Ward 5B

Jared T. Griffin Pennsauken, New Jersey, United States   San Francisco General Hospital on Flickr Walking down Potrero Hill’s 23rd Street past the San Francisco General Hospital today, one would never suspect the history that lies beyond its brick walls. Today, AIDS has faded to the background of the national discourse, even in San Francisco, […]

Pennsylvania Hospital

Hannah Joyner Takoma Park, Maryland, United States   Pennsylvania Hospital, 1811 The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia opened its doors more than two decades before the American colonies separated from Britain. Originally designed to care for all patients regardless of their circumstances, the hospital admitted those who could pay and those who could not. From the […]

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

Anaeze C. Offodile II Joel T. Katz Boston, MA, United States   Figure from The American hospital of the twentieth century; a treatise on the development of medical institutions (1918) Before his death in 1877, Peter Bent Brigham, a prominent restaurateur, businessman and abolitionist in the Boston area, left a significant bequest for the creation […]

Public health measures derived from the Jewish tradition

Noam Zeffren Tova Chein Robert Stern New York, New York, USA   Jewish ingenuity has contributed widely to theology, philosophy, science, and many other areas of human endeavor. To the practice of medicine, influences from Jewish luminaries include Moses Maimonides, Sigmund Freud, Paul Ehrlich, and Jonah Salk. Less recognized are contributions from the Old Testament […]

Pascal’s disease

Bo Laestadius Stockholm, Sweden   The French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal was born in 1623. At the age of twelve he had already studied Euclid´s geometry on his own and had written a paper about sound waves. A few years later he designed and built a calculator. In mathematics he has given his […]

Shepherd with a goiter

Sally Metzler Chicago, Illinois, United States  Nativity Moretto da Brescia Detail of Nativity Moretto da Brescia This beautiful scene of the Nativity by Moretto da Brescia (c. 1498-1554) in the Santa Giulia Museum of his native town is painted in muted autumnal colors of gold, browns, and greens. On the right the ox and the ass […]

A painful but tender embrace: Robert Pope’s “Aesculapius”

Caroline Wellbery Washington, DC     Aesculapius Robert Pope (1956-1992) Charcoal on paper, 184 x 80.7 cm, 1991 Robert Pope, early in childhood a student gifted in science, chose art as his career, and no one better melds the observing eye with the understanding heart. The shadow of cancer hung over him during the most […]

Obesity and art

Bojana Cokić Zajecar, Serbia   Obesity is the oldest and most common metabolic disorder of humans, as shown even by the sculptures of ancient civilizations, the Greek caryatids, and Egyptian sphinxes and mummies. Many artists have painted it on their canvases as seen through the prism of their artistic eye and in accordance with the […]

Art and Medicine

JMS Pearce East Yorks, England   Art has been said to deepen compassion for suffering.[1] Paintings have been interpreted as ‘metaphors for human feelings … they are nonliteral symbols of the inner life,’[2] Paintings trigger emotions and insights, “generating associations and tapping new, different, or deeper levels of meaning.”[3] It is inherent in all the […]