Tag Archives: Anika Khan

Gilgamesh and medicine’s quest to conquer death

Anika Khan Karachi, Pakistan   The warrior king Gilgamesh grasping a lion in his left hand, and a snake in his right. (Assyrian palace relief on display in the Louvre) “O Uta-napishti, what should I do and where should I go? A thief has taken hold of my [flesh!] For there in my bed-chamber Death […]

Locked-in syndrome: inside the cocoon

Anika Khan   Jean-Dominique Bauby ‘dictating’ the passages of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly that he had earlier revised in his head. (Photograph: Jeanloup Sieff) “…what will you carry back from this field trip into my endless solitude?” From The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997)   In December 1995, Jean-Dominique […]