Tag Archives: Charles Halsted

The novice

Charles Halsted Davis, California, United States   The Vale of Rest. John Everett Millais. September 1858. Tate Britain. Via Wikimedia  Living in the convent at age eighteen, the novice practiced vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. All she ate was in vain, the more she prayed, the more weight she lost, the weaker she became. […]

The Korean soldier

Charles Halsted Davis, California   Korean War, train attack. 1950. US Army Military History Institute. Public Domain. A fifty-five-year-old Korean man arrived at the emergency room of our teaching hospital after suddenly vomiting blood during the night. Called next morning to consult in our intensive care unit, I reviewed his chart and pulled back the […]

Redemption

Charles H. Halsted Davis, California, USA   Dr. Charles Halsted (right) and his patient who is the subject of the poem (left). Photo courtesy of Charles Halsted. Redemption I’m high on crack and going eighty, black rainy night, oncoming lights, back seat guy shouts out: “Look out!” too late. I cannot breathe, my chest’s come […]