Tag Archives: Winter 2017

Measure of the heart: Santorio Santorio and the Pulsilogium

Richard de Grijs and Daniel Vuillermin Beijing, China (Winter 2017)   Pulsilogium (center; line with a weight tied to a finger alongside a ruler) and thermoscope (right). (Sanctorius, S., 1626, Commentaria in primamFen primi libri CanonisAvicennae, Venice: Sarcina, p. 22. Woodcut and text; Credit: Wellcome Library, London) The heart is a musical organ. The irregularity of […]

Hume and autism-causing vaccines

Trevor Klee Cambridge, MA (Winter 2017) A portrait of the delightfully corpulent David Hume.  Ramsay, Allan. David Hume, 1711-1776. Historian and philosopher. 1766. Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 8 In 1998 the British medical researcher Andrew Wakefield announced a startling discovery in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet. He had found that the […]

Frances Oldham Kelsey: A medical profile in courage

Kevin E. Loughlin Boston, MA (Winter 2017)   Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey Source Her name has disappeared into the vault of medical history and her dedication to scientific rigor and patient safety has been largely forgotten. Yet her silent but tangible legacy continues to this day. Born in Canada in 1914, Frances Oldham Kelsey received […]

Waiting for results

Susan Anderson Madison, Wisconsin (Winter 2017)         Time displayed on clock. Submission by Susan Anderson                 You do not realize you have been holding your breath for weeks, until you see the new email hinting the results are in. You do not realize the tension […]

A year in oblivion – an artistic journey

Mara Buck Windsor, Maine (Winter 2017) My grandmother had a saying, “What is, is. What ain’t, ain’t.” Simplistic to the core, but truth often is just that. Her saying did not apply to cancer because cancer did not run in our family. That is, not before me. It has been a couple decades since my […]

Mixing medicine – religion and science

Aneesa Bodiat South Africa (Winter 2017) A variety of dates, delicious fresh or as a dried fruit, are grown in desert areas. The ameer chewed on the dry date my husband had presented to him, saying a prayer and then placing the chewed fruit back into the container, sealing it for use in a few […]

Music and the brain

Rayda Aaishah Joomun Mauritius (Winter 2017) “The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colours in your mind” – Maria Cristina Mena Music  brings a smile to our faces. Yet this abstract entity has no conventional defining criteria. Proust acknowledged this: “Music helped me to descend into myself, to discover new […]

Was the Mozart Effect evident before the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Harishnath Ramachandran England, United Kingdom (Winter 2017)   “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” – Plato   Statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91) taken by Mrs. Sanju Ramachandran (Vienna 2009) The word music is derived from the Greek word “mousike”, meaning art of the muses. It is considered a […]

Physician: study thyself

Susan Hurley Griffith University, Queensland University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Winter 2017)   In 2016 one man died and five others suffered brain damage during a drug trial in Rennes, France.1 A similar disaster occurred during the 2006 London trial of a novel monoclonal antibody: six men experienced an immediate systemic inflammatory response and became […]

Bari in the seventh cholera pandemic

Salvatore Barbuti University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy Domenico Martinelli & Rosa Prato Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy (Winter 2017) Gazzetta del Mezzoggiorno, Bari, Italy, 31st August 1973. Photo Courtesy of Prof. Salvatore Barbuti’s private collection. It all began on a quiet warm afternoon in August 1973 when an […]