Monthly Archives: January 2019

Physician, heal thyself

Moustapha Abousamra Ventura, California, United States   Author’s right coronary artery before stenting “Physician, heal thyself” is a biblical reminder (Luke 4:23) that while physicians are eager and able to heal illness in others, they are often unable to heal themselves. A similar saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes,” was mentioned in the Oxford […]

Maimed

Laura Wendorff Platteville, Wisconsin, United States   Your friend says, Photo by Laura Wendorff think of the Amazons who cut off their right breasts in order to easily draw back their bows. But the loss is not like that. It’s more like a flower dug out of the ground, soil still clinging to its roots […]

Flyfishing and medicine

James Stoller Cleveland, Ohio, United States   Photo by Jeff Smith I am one of the many doctors who relish the zen of flyfishing. Standing in a stream, reading the clues for what type of fly to cast and where to cast it, and focusing incessantly on a dry fly drifting lithely to entice a […]

Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam

Jessica Lobo London, Ontario, Canada   Michelangelo, taken from a drawing in “The Index Guide to Travel and Art-Study in Europe” Lafayette Loomis, 1882. Michelangelo painted some of his most famous work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, covering it with the world’s most beautiful frescoes, of which The Creation of Adam is the most iconic.1 He […]

Nature telling her secrets: the Kepler–Descartes connection

Ronald Fishman Chicago, Illinois, United States   Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) Nature tells us one secret in terms of another, and she may refuse to disclose one secret until another has been laid bare. – T.S. Kuhn1 In 1604, Johannes Kepler solved the problem of how light is refracted within the eye to produce an image on the […]

New Year’s Eve, Old Presbyterian Hospital

Jacob Appel New York, New York, United States   PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL, MADISON AVENUE AND EAST 70TH STREET King’s Handbook of New York City, 1893. Public Domain. The gift shop is closed. Only a graveyard Skeleton crew in the pharmacy, a solitary Cleaner orbiting a mop across the skyway. Below lights blinking red green red through Dark and […]

Nikolai Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States Nikolai Gogol Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–1852) was a member of the first wave of great Russian authors of the nineteenth century. Born in a Ukrainian Cossack village then part of the Russian Empire, he made his way to Saint Petersburg where he found his métier in the short […]

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: a cautionary tale

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States Mary Shelley 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. This remarkable work of fiction has inspired a wealth of popular currency in the form of numerous cinematic productions which have grossly distorted the public understanding of the work and obscured its […]

Dr. Charles Drew, Philip Roth, and race

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States   Charles R. Drew, 1904 “My point is, if you have a course on health and whatever, then you do know Dr. Charles Drew. You’ve heard of him?” “No.” “Shame on you, Mr. Zukerman. I’ll tell you in a minute” . . . “You haven’t told me who […]

Gender identity in the twenty-first century

Piper Haitsuka Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA   Transgender role model, Casil Mcarthur Identity characterizes who a person is. Physical, mental, or chemical identity can have an array of diverse meanings. Gender and sex are two very different concepts that influence identity, but are often confused as being interchangeable words.1 Sex is a biological classification, whereas gender […]