Tag Archives: geriatrics

The old women of Francisco Goya

Time is running out for these two decrepit old crones who clearly have seen better days. In this 1820 painting titled El Tiempo, Francisco Goya shows the figure of Cronos hovering over the two women, ready to sweep them away with a broom into the memory of time. The woman in white, her face besmirched […]

Understanding and combatting ageism in healthcare

Dane Wanniarachige Dublin, Ireland   “Their last hand to hold” by Emily Nguyen. February 22, 2019. As I waited for the tram on a windy day in Dublin, I noticed an older man wearing a flat cap shuffling unhurriedly towards the busy platform with a noticeable parkinsonian gait. The tram slowed to a halt and […]

The $84.77 Hospital – St. Vincent

Terri L. Sinnott Chicago, Illinois, United States    Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard What in the United States could be purchased with $87.44 in 1881?  In that year Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard and four Daughters of Charity1 took that sum and funded the first Catholic hospital in Indianapolis. Chatard had been born in 1834 […]

The two hemispheres of medicine

Jeffrey M. Levine New York, New York, USA   I stared at the blank surface of my drawing pad, confused and frozen in fear. It was slightly larger than a sheet of typing paper but looked like it spread from horizon to horizon. The naked model sat leisurely, unashamed, her eyes fixed on a distant, […]