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William Withering and the use of foxglove in pediatric patients

Göran Wettrell Sweden   Fig. 1. Title page of William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses, 1785. P. I. Nixon Medical History Library. UT Health Science Center, San Antonio. William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses was published in 1785.1 The book received great […]

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

Laura Fitzpatrick New York, United States   If I wished to show a student the difficulties of getting at truth from medical experience, I would give him the history of epilepsy to read. —Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1891.1 As the nineteenth century dawned, the average Briton still understood epilepsy much in the way his ancient Greek […]

Edgar Allan Poe – a tormented literary genius

Donna Olson Whitelaw, Alberta Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849 A man attempts to hide from his sins and ultimately from himself. A murderer takes an old man’s life and hides the body under the floorboards. But he cannot silence his guilt, so he keeps on hearing the dead man’s heart in his room. This story is […]

Events of the Day – The Date I Will Never Have

Michael Wynn Salem, Oregon, USA Poet’s statement: My medical writing is informed by my fascination with how humans accept and sometimes deny reality.   Events of the day Tomorrow I will tell Mr. Smith, who is compulsively tidy, that he has Parkinson’s disease,and say “epilepsy” to Mr. Alexander, the 27-year-old  trucker who might have to pull […]