Literary Vignettes

Michael Bloor

Mikhael Bulgakov’s “The Steel Windpipe” in A Country Doctor’s Notebook

Anton Chekhov and the Sakhalin Penal Colony

Paul Dakin

“Super” heroes: Special powers in deaf characters

George Dunea

All life is a gift

Consider the nails of the hand, how they grow (William Bean)

The doctor’s revenge in Jules Verne’s Mathias Sandorf

Edgar Allen Poe and The Masque of the Red Death

The real Monte Cristo

Gulliver’s visit to the Academy of Lagado

Madame Bovary: The clubfoot operation

Doctor in the House

The physician in spite of himself (Molière)

The man of one book

Jane Austen and the hypochondriacs

Doctor and dictionary

Edward Gibbon

Francis Peabody: caring for the patient

The last illness of Père Goriot

Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne

The doctor as writer (William Carlos Williams)

“The Grasshopper” by Chekhov: folly and regrets

The tree doctor

The Lord’s Prayer

Tom Jones Medical

Peter Mark Roget, MD, FRS of the Thesaurus

Plato on free and slave doctors

On the skill of physicians

On being idle and a patient

From Merdle to Madoff (Charles Dickens)

Lead poisoning in Northern Yorkshire

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

Doctor Rabelais Part I: The education of Gargantua

Doctor Rabelais Part II: The adventures of Pantagruel and Panurge

Doctor Rabelais Part III: Doctor Rondibilis on bridling the senses

Doctor Rabelais Part IV: Rabelais on women and doctors

“How the Poor Die” by George Orwell, 1946
Companionable books
Indo-European for health professionals 

Howard Fischer

Who is “Dr. Filth”?

Jared Griffin

Thomas De Quincey and Confessions of an English Opium-Eater: Opium as Medicine and Beyond

Timo Hannu

Haunting poetic characteristics: the dissection scene from Doctor Zhivago

Juliet Beckman Hubbell

Mysterious muse

Putzer Hung

Where no birds sing: tuberculosis in Keats’ “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

Nicholas Kang

Nabokov’s first masterpiece

Katharine Lawrence

Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych, and the five stages of grief

Stephen Martin

A Regency epitaph for a child

Sally Metzler

Does art belong in a doctor’s office?

Henrik Ibsen’s diagnosis of the conscience
A Treatment for “Circular Insanity”: Joseph Roth’s Radetzky March
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding and the reputation of the medical profession 1742

Bernardo Ng

Mean dudes and mean deeds: Tarantino’s vision

Margaret Nowaczyk


Bryant Phan

The illusion of rainbows

Solomon Posen

The doctor in bed with the patient

The vindictive departmental chairman: a hospital tale of the 1970’s

Nicolas Roberto Robles

August Von Platen, inspiration for Death in Venice
The romantic suicide: Karoline von Günderrode



JMS Pearce

Suicide: always a tragedy?