Tag Archives: Fall 2009

Humanities at the heart of healthcare

Victoria Bonebakker Portland, Maine, USA   Imagine doctors, nurses, receptionists, trustees, administrators, lab techs and physician assistants, books in hand, sitting in a hospital conference room, cafeteria or lounge. With a humanities scholar serving as a facilitator, they are discussing the novel, short story or poem they have read, and reflecting together on what it […]

The brain is wider than the sky: integrating insights of neuroscience with Hatha Yoga

Michael McColly Chicago, Illinois, United States The Brain — is wider than the Sky — For — put them side by side — The one the other will contain With ease — and You — beside — Emily Dickenson The age of neuroscience has arrived. Go to a bookstore, turn on a TV, open a […]

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

Liam Farrell The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us again. Like Garrison Keillor, my great sin is nostalgia (my lesser sins include lust, envy, and sloth; but they hardly count, every Tom, Dick, and Harry has them), and so autumn is my favorite time of year. I can stroll contentedly through the […]

The first experiment

 Filip Šimunović Germany Sebastijan’s first independent animal experiment at Harvard transpired in the manner of something Edgar Poe could have written—if he knew anything about animal experiments and stereotactic neurosurgery at his time. Sebastijan, however, wasn’t there to read about it, or to write about it. He was there to survive it. He started operating […]

Selections from Redefining the Medical Artist

Meena Malhotra Redefining the medical artist is an exhibition of work by the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Biomedical Visualization program. It was held at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from August 7th to October 16th, 2009. The works featured in this show hope not […]

Redefining the medical artist

Meena Malhotra Chicago, Illinois, USA   Medical illustration is a long-standing tradition that dates back to the sixteenth-century anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius. In his preface to his book, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), Vesalius commented on the value of images and dissection in learning anatomy: How much pictures […]

Patricia – Vanishing Mother

Ellen Jantzen I normally deal with issues of reality in my artwork. I am intrigued with what is real, what is imagined. Are dreams real? Is what one sees, hears, and feels real? Aren’t elements of the world flavored and altered by one’s own emotional makeup and history? With all of this in mind, I […]

Dissecting Cadavers: Learning Anatomy or a Rite of Passage?

Emmanuelle Godeau Toulouse, France   In many medical schools, dissection of cadavers remains an essential component of the curriculum, even though surveys from the past 50 years have shown this is not the most efficient way of learning anatomy. Yet the persistence of dissections suggests a different role: a rite of passage and creating an […]