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 Grasshopper” by Chekhov: folly and regrets

The tree doctor

The Lord’s Prayer

Tom Jones Medical

Peter Mark Roget, MD, FRS of the Thesaurus

Lead poisoning in Northern Yorkshire

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
Indo-European for health professionals
Doctor Thorne, a country apothecary WIN ’23

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

Mateja Lekic

James Joyce’s Ulysses and the human experience

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
Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones: Feeding fevers new

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

Nicolas Roberto Robles and Diego Peral

Love and syphilis: The marriage of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer


The doctor as writer (William Carlos Williams)
Plato on free and slave doctors
On the skill of physicians
On being idle and a patient
From Merdle to Madoff (Charles Dickens)
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
“How the Poor Die” by George Orwell, 1946
Companionable books
Suicide: always a tragedy? (JMS Pearce)
Famine and illness in War and Peace
The role of doctors in the intellectual life of Spain
A doctor of the old school
The birth of Oliver Twist new