Tag Archives: Winter 2018

Salk and Sabin: the disease, the rivalry and the vaccine

Kevin Loughlin Boston, MA (Winter 2018)   Jonas Salk was born in a tenement in the East Harlem section of New York City. Albert Sabin was born in Poland and as a child immigrated to the United States with his parents. From these humble beginnings, they would emerge as two of the preeminent scientists of […]

Thomas Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem in Medicine

Geoffrey Baird Seattle, WA (Winter 2018)   The work of an eighteenth-century British clergyman can help you when someone forgets to switch off their turn signal Medical nomenclature is often ridiculous. One professor in my medical school used to say of misnomers in medicine that they were like the Holy Roman Empire, which was neither […]

Cultivating clinical compassion with cultural encounters

Jeffrey Lee Philadelphia, PA (Winter 2018)   Sunset along the beaches of Sant Antoni de Calonge The calm waves of the Mediterranean played a lullaby as I walked along the beach, the fine-grained sand gently caressing my toes. I noticed a small group of women massaging each other’s backs. I awkwardly watched them from the […]

Age needs a graying goddess of prophecy and her name shall be Senexa

Margaret Morganroth Gullette Waltham, MA (Winter 2018)   The Libyan Sibyl, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sistine Chapel Age needs a tutelary deity, a woke goddess for the Age of Alzheimer’s and the Age of Longevity. We all deserve a powerful, honored, and glorious crone, representing our values and our value. Here, transparently, before your open eyes, I venture to […]

Blame

Jack E. Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia (Winter 2018)   US Army Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter With so much intentional killing and death in war, one might think that an occasional accidental or natural death would go unnoticed and uninvestigated. This was not my experience. In war, killing and death are often viewed through a blameless […]

Visitation from the village

David O. Irabor Oyo State, Nigeria (Winter 2018)   West African Masks The aim of a surgeon is to ameliorate the conditions of patients with the skills you have learned. Since surgery is a science involving aspects of the patient’s anatomy, physiology, and pathology, morbidity and mortality in most patients can be explained scientifically. What […]