Hektorama Draft October 2020

 

 

THEMES OF HEKTORAMA

 

 

 

ART IN MEDICINE

 

 

HISTORY OF MEDICINE

 

 

ENCORE: in case you missed it

 

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

The black barbershop as a source of information
By Joyce Balls-Berry, Lea C. Dacy, & James Balls
Character, genius, and a missing person
By Carry Barron
First Black medical institution in the US
By Raymond H. Curry & VeeLa Senstacke Gonzales
Freedman’s Hospital
By Yanglu Chen
Racial health disparities in 19th Philadelphia
Meg Vigil-Fowle
African American medical pioneers
Mariel Tishma
“Mississipi Appendectomy” and other stories
Alida Rol
Early black physicians in Alabama
A.J. Wright

 

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UNION LEAGUE CLUB CHICAGO ART COLLECTION

Gertrude Abercrombrie: art and pancreatic affliction Death by dysentery? Artist Frank Russell Wadsworth in Madrid Robert Louis Stevenson and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

 

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ASPECTS OF ANTON CHEKHOV

Anton Chekhov and the Sakhalin Penal Colony
By Michael Bloor
The education of Doctor Chekhov
By Jack Colehan
Suffering and empathy in the stories of Anton Chekhov
By Peter McCann
Chekhov: Ward No. 6
By Stanley Gutiontov
The Grasshopper by Chekhov: folly and regrets
By George Dunea
Mikhael Bulgakov’s “The Steel Windpipe” in a Country Doctor’s Notebook
By Michael Bloor
Heartache and Complicated Grief
Laurie Elise Gordon
Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world
Pekka Louhiala and Raimo Puustinen

 

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

 

PROMINENT SURGEONS

 

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EPIDEMICS

 

The recent coronavirus outbreak inevitably brings to mind the Spanish flu, the deadly influenza pandemic of a century ago. Here we republish five articles about this devastating viral disease that spread to the four corners of the world, killing an estimated 50 million people, and leaving behind bitter memories and fears that someday history may repeat itself.

Emerging infections: a perpetual challenge
By David M Morens, Gregory K Folkers, & Anthony S Fauci
Bugs and people: when epidemics change history
By Salvatore Mangione
A flu that brought nations to a standstill
By Jennifer Summers
Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza
By Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán

 

PHYSICIANS OF NOTE

 

WOMEN IN MEDICINE

 

 

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THE MEDICI RULERS OF FLORENCE 

Under the rule of the Medici family, Florence became one of the wealthiest city-states in Europe and the locus of the rebirth in arts, literature, and science of the cultural European Renaissance of the fifteenth century.
Cosimo the Elder Lorenzo the Magnificent Piero de’ Medici (“The Gouty”) Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany

 

 

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TRAVEL AND MEDICINE

Doctor Moore in Italy
By Einar Perman
Of starlit huts and Sahelian sand
By Sara Buck
Travels with Genghis
By Robert R. Schenck
Doctor on expedition to the Antarctic
By Bryan Walpole
Stendhal syndrome, a hazard of tourism
George Dunea
The waiting room
Jessie Seiler
A column of volcanic sand
David Gullette
The wild heart of Panama
Rachel Kowalczyk

 

ANATOMY

 

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ART AND MEDICINE IN FLORENCE

The Bonifacio Hospital: reforming psychiatric hospital care
By Panagiota Kitsantas
The Spedale of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence
By Donatella Lippi & Luigi Padaletti
Bronzino and the wages of sin
By Frank Gonzalez-Crussi
Ghirlandaio, humanism, and truth: the portrait of an elderly man and young boy
By Vincent P. de Luise
The Florentine Renaissance apothecary
By Susan Brunn Puett and J. David Puett
The death of Francesca Tornabuoni: examining childbirth
By Katrina Genius
Doctors and illness in Boccaccio’s Decameron
Maria Sgouridou
Piero di Cosimo
George Dunea

 

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AMERICAN RED CROSS

 

 

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DA VINCI AT 500

 

The year 2019 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest painters and polymaths of all time. Born near Florence in 1452, he moved to Milan at age thirty, but towards the end of his life (1516) was recruited by King Francis I to move to France. He died in the Castle of Amboise three years later on 2 May 1519. An unverified story tells that he died in the arms of his patron and protector, King Francis. We honor the achievements of this great man by reprinting several articles published about him in our journal.

Leonardo’s anatomical studies…
By Julia King
Leonardo and the reinvention of anatomy
By Salvatore Mangione
Leonardo’s heart
By Robert R. Schenck
Da Vinci and the spherical uterus…
By John Massie
Leonardo da Vinci: anatomist
Vignette

 

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ISLAMIC MEDICINE 

During the expansion of the Empire of Islam and its ensuing Golden Age, physicians from Spain to Samarkand advanced the medical sciences by reviving existing Greek medicine and adding their own innovations.1 We have selected here the most prominent physicians who contributed to the remarkable flowering of Islamic medicine and are referenced in our journal,

  • Mesua, Yalhya ibn Masawaih c.777-857
  • Joannitius, Hunayn ibu Ishaq el Ibadi 809-873
  • Rhazi, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi 865-925
  • Al Kindi c.801-c.873
  • Haly Abbas Ali ibn al-‘Abbas al-Majusi, or Masoudi 982–994
  • Albucasis Abu Al-Qasim Khalaf Ibn Al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi 936-1013 AD
  • Al Hazen Hasan Ibn al-Haytham c.965-c.1040
  • Avicenna Ibn Sinna 980-1037
  • Averroes  or Ibn Rushd 1126-1198
  • Ibn al-Nafis 1210-1288
  • Maimonides or Moses bin Maimon 1135-1204
  •  Avenzoar Abumeron or Abu Merwan Abd-al-Malik ibn Zuhr 12th century

 

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LATIN AMERICA

The first ten hospitals on the American Continent
By Marco Antonio Ayala-Garcia
The Van Buren Hospital in the history of Chile
By Carlos Astudillo
A lesson in horizontality: El Hospital San Vicente de Paul in Medellin, Columbia
By Moises Enghelberg
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Panama
By W. Paul McKinney
Hospital Municipal Sebastiao Martins Alves, Lecois, Bahia
By Eleanor Stanford
Daniel Carrion and his disease
By George Dunea
Art, Cristobal Rojas, and tuberculosis:
MS Landaeta, AL Schenone, GW Rutecki
Rene Favaloro
Earl C. Smith

 

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THE GLORY OF FRANCE 

La Maison: a palliative care center in France
By Eric Breitbart
The Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, a testament to the health benefits of religious charity and vineyards
By Kate E. Shipman & Sudarshan Ramachandran
Charcot and his “grande hysteriques”
By George Dunea
Illness or Intoxication? Diagnosing a French clown
By Sally Metzler
Monet and his cataracts
By Caitlin Meyer
Architecture and the French hospital
Sarah Hartley
The general hospital – all are welcome
Jan W.P.F. Kardaun
Edgar Degas’ light sensitivity and its effects on his art
Zeynel Karcioglu
Gericault’s art of insanity
Caitlin Meyer
Henri De Toulous Lautrec & Medicine
Caitlin Meyer

 

 

Editor’s Choice

THE SCHOOLHOUSE LAB

By Edward McSweegan

Featured on Sep. 15, 2020

Adages: maxims, axioms, and sayings

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” R–, of great repute in nervous ailments, attended me for many weeks, with but slight success. He was not to blame, poor man, for his failure to effect a cure. He had only one way of treatment, and he applied it to all his patients with more or less happy results. Some died, some recovered; it was a lottery on which my medical friend staked his reputation, and won. The patients who died were never heard of more—those who recovered sang the praises of their physician everywhere, and sent him gifts of silver plate and hampers of wine, to testify their gratitude”

Marie Corelli: A romance of two worlds, 1886

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“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease” 

Voltaire

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“Doctors treat patients, not statistical averages. A patient needs a doctor, not a committee. –John P. Peters, 1887-1955” 

John P. Peters, 1887-1955

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