Literary Essays

Lena Arampatzidou

Synesthesia in medicine and the humanities

Kate Baggott

A difficult diagnosis: humor – how we laugh at doctors

Sarah Bahr

“Love Tea” and The Antelope Wife
Madness and gender in Gregory Doran’s Hamlet

Katherina Baranova

The unsexed woman: depictions of women in 19th century fictional literature

Cal Bartley

Heroes and alcohol

Greg Beatty

Bones and Bots: what classic science fiction tells us about contemporary medicine

Angela Belli

Dr. Blockhead’s victory: up there, down here

Ending one’s life on the stage

Alan Bleakley

Under the lime tree: medicine, poetry, and the education of the senses new

Victoria Bonebakker

Humanities at the heart of healthcare

Rachel Bright, Kevin Qosja, & Liam Butchart

Dr. Peabody, the ideal medical practitioner

Basil Brooke

‘The lament of the Old Woman of Beare’—contrasting the passage of life

Liam Butchart

Camus, Meursault, and the Biopsychosocial Model

Liam Butchart and Olga Reykhart

Emily, Usher, and American Gothic perspectives on mortality

Vasudha Chandra

Remembering Charlotte Brontë

Xi Chen

Ahab’s gift: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the meaning of pain

Maria Chicco

Anatomical descriptions in the Iliad

Kathleen Coggshall

Sylvia Plath: the tortured artist?

Elizabeth Lovett Colledge 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning—isolation and the artist new

Jack Coulehan

Walt Whitman: a difficult patient

Paul Dakin

Sir Roderick Glossop: Wodehouse’s “eminent loony doctor”
Professionalism in crisis: Dr. Winkel and The Third Man

Niamh Davies-Branch

The female body dissected: Anatomy and John Keats

Noah DeLone

Latin and medicine

Sabina Dosani

Madness, mind-doctors and Mrs Dalloway

Martin Duke

Tobias Smollett, MD: his medical life and experiences

George Dunea

PDF Document Aphorisms and facetiae of Bela Schick

PDF Document Aphorisms from Latham
John Keats – one whose name was writ in water
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, apostle of women’s liberation
Doctor Johnson and his ailments
Friedrich Nietzsche—much afflicted philosopher
Indo-Europeans and medical terms

George Dunea and James L. Franklin

Rudyard Kipling and the medical profession

Kathryne Dycus

Reading the brain in John Keats’s “Ode to Psyche”
Children treating children: Anne Shirley as clinician

Eve Elliot

Catching Your Death: Infectious rain in the works of Jane Austen

Francesco Enia

An Eliotian journey through suffering

Carol-Ann Farkas

The literary breakdown in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Howard Fischer

Of Mice and Men: a differential diagnosis for Lennie Small 
Franz Kafka, A Country Doctor, (and Bob Dylan) 
Knock, or The Triumph of Medicine
Dr. AJ Cronin: Still persona non grata? 
Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann and Der Struwwelpeter new

Laura Fitzpatrick

Pushing back at perceptions of epilepsy: the interplay between medicine and literature in three 19th-century British novels

James L. Franklin

PDF Document Prescription for a Healthy Nation: A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World

PDF Document To the Glory of God and the Service of Man: The Life of James A. Campbell, M.D.

PDF Document Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Age of Flimflam
A bit of irony: Sir William Wilde and Oscar Wilde
George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War: A brush with death
Rejuvenation: “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” from The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes new

Ashleigh Frayne

Visualizing the paradise within

Dean Gianakos

Reading poems, saving lives

Grant Gillett and Robin Hankey

Sophocles’ Antigone and the complexities of suicide

F. Gonzalez-Crussi

We are all hospitalized (metaphorically speaking) 

John Graham-Pole

The truth of the imagination

Valerie Gribben

The Brothers Grimm under the knife

Janet Ming Guo

Schizophrenia in Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman and Lu Xun’s A Madman’s Diary

Stanley Gutiontov

Chekhov: “Ward No. 6”

Sarah Jane I. Irawa

Madame Defarge: the psychology of vengeance

Leah Kaminsky


Sylvia R. Karasu

Hawthorne’s ‘The Birthmark:’ a failure to find a perfect future in an imperfect present

About face: from revulsion to compassion

Anika Khan

Gilgamesh and medicine’s quest to conquer death

Mahek Khwaja 

The Yellow Wallpaper: the flawed prescription

Anna Lantz

The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library: a cultural treasure

Anna Lantz and Einar Perman

The basilisk—a cause of sudden death

John Last

Medicine and literature: passion, compassion, confusion and other emotions in stories of sickness and healers

Carol Levine

New opioid epidemic: another long day’s journey

Marshall A. Lichtman

The most enduring fictional character in literature, Sherlock Holmes, created by a physician

Philip R. Liebson

Did Ernest Hemingway have the Celtic curse? new

Kevin R. Loughlin

It’s elementary: the addictions of Sherlock Holmes

Pekka Louhiala and Raimo Puustinen

Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world

James Mathew & Robert Pavlik

Of Pine and Man: Reflecting on Henry David Thoreau’s Sentiment in ‘Chesuncook’

Giuseppe P. Mazzarello

PDF Document Goethe, his love rivals and evidence of a generalized anxiety disorder Giuseppe Paolo Mazzarello, M.D

Jamie McKinstry

Experiencing metaphor: a medieval headache

Edward McSweegan

Jack London’s cloudy crystal ball

Lea Mendes

The medical journey of Charles Dickens

Atara Messinger

Margaret Edson’s W;t: lessons on person-centered care

Sally Metzler

Robert Louis Stevenson and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

Lucille Miao

Climate trauma in Monique Roffey’s Archipelago

Lisa Mulleneaux

Ella’s addiction: the story of a mother and morphine

Tony Miksanek

Grumpy doctors and the short story

Tamas F. Molnar& Katalin Aknai

Occupational lung malignancies: role of malachite

Joshua D. Niforatos 

Love, cancer and the caregiver’s faith of C.S. Lewis

Raymond Noonan

Using Latin to settle medical pronunciation debates

Serefnur Oztur

    PDF DocumentMy stroke of insight: a brain scientist’s personal journey

J.M.S. Pearce

Observations on Acronyms
Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848): A tale of aspiration and decline
George Gordon Lord Byron and his limp
The Gold-Headed Cane revisited
Joseph Bell and Conan Doyle
Plain Words, or pandemic medical gobbledygook 
A note on medical metaphors
Gouty quotes 
Somerset Maugham 
Dr. William Minor and the Oxford English Dictionary 

Giorgina Barbara Piccoli and Martina Ferraresi

Cosmas and Damian: a southern Italian story of tolerance, sex, war, religion, and medicine

Solomon Posen

The doctor in literature: the abortion and the abortionist

Negin Rezaei

On suffering and its depiction in William Carlos Williams’s “The Yellow Flower” new

Nicolas Roberto Robles

Rilke: a poet’s death
Heinrich Heine and the mattress tomb
Novalis: the white plague and the blue flower
Coleridge and the albatross syndrome
E.T.A. Hoffmann’s neurological disease

Gregory W. Rutecki

Poe’s consumptive paradox

Gregory W. Rutecki and Milad Matta

Ladies in red: medical and metaphorical reflections on La Traviata

Bonnie Salomon

Emily Dickinson and medical ethics: the “Belle of Amherst” as ethicist

Jamie Samson

The other kingdom

Mariella Scerri & Victor Grech 

The use of language in health and illness narratives

Richard Selzer

Richard Selzer on writing

Fergus Shanahan

The unloved gut
The professor and the playwright on what it means to care

Sualeha Siddiq Shekhani

Intersection of faith and science in Garcia-Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons

Michael D. Shulman

Saints on trial

Anoushka Sinha

Manifestations of madness in King Lear

Mahala Yates Stripling

Richard Selzer: the birth of literature and medicine

The surgeon storyteller

Mariel Tishma

More than “toil and trouble”: Macbeth and medicine

Angad Tiwari, Mallika Khurana

The use of force in medicine new

Lazaros C. Triarhou

Two odes to Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Satyabha Tripathi

A “most perfect interchange” new

Annette Tuffs

The morbid poet: Gottfried Benn, the morgue and the mysterious postcard

Mary Vallo

Resounding silence: the trouble with Hamlet’s body and soul

Narrative control and the monster within: empowering disability in Jane Eyre

Sean Varner

The iron crab

Christopher Walker

Two tales of talipes equinovarus

Roslyn Weaver

Medical mysteries and detective doctors: metaphors of medicine

Maarten Wensink

Tolstoy: insights for doctors and other humans

Mila H. Whiteley

Reason vs. Emotion in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley

Winona Winkler Wendth


Sarah Wise

Why ‘Nurse’ Grace Poole is the greatest puzzle in Jane Eyre

Andrew P. K. Wodrich

Essential tremor in a medieval scribe: extracting hidden historical knowledge from the work of the Tremulous Hand new

Bill Wolak

Timelessness of the intangible

Frank Wollheim

Joseph Roth, a visionary poet and victim of European history

Afsheen Zafar

Jane Eyre and tuberculosis

Larry Zaroff & Tony Chan

Emily Dickinson’s mystifying in-sight