Tag Archives: heart failure

The importance of the “The David Sign”

Daniel M. Gelfman Thad E. Wilson Indianapolis, Indiana, United States   Photo Credit: Daniel M. Gelfman, MD, September 28, 2018. A recent article in JAMA Cardiology titled “The David Sign” discussed the presence of “persistent” external jugular venous distention “hiding in plain sight” on one of the world’s most famous statues: Michelangelo’s David, completed in […]

Doctor Johnson and his ailments

Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. ca.1770. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru – The National Library of Wales. Public Domain Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest English literary figures of all time, is remembered more for what he said than for what he wrote. Other writers may have been more successful or more profound, but none had as great a […]

Only blood

Anthony Chiocchi New York, New York, United States   Dona Mercedes Velasco’s recovery from nosebleed after prayer to the Lord of the Abandoned. Oil painting, 1854. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC I remember my first nosebleed. It was the late eighties and I was at the age where it was still permissible for me to sleep […]

Training wheels

Shannon Kernaghan Alberta, Canada   Image designed by Kraven Cache. All rights belong to artist Kraven Cache. Permission to use this illustration is granted January 8, 2020. From the beginning of Paul’s dance with doctors, I have sat next to him and squeezed his hand through the pronouncement of hemochromatosis. The first doctor said his […]

A house call

Martin Duke Mystic, Connecticut, USA   A doctor visiting a sick woman, and taking her pulse. Many years ago, in the mid 1980s, when I was still in clinical practice, I made a house call accompanied by a second year medical student who was coming to my office one day a week as part of […]

Cecil Rhodes: The man with a hole in his heart

There must be few people in the world who can locate with confidence Northern or Southern Rhodesia on a map of Africa. Yet these countries still exist, only the names have changed. Nor would the man who founded them win a contemporary popularity contest. In fact, his statue at the University of Cape Town was […]

The thickening of blood

Nod Ghosh Christchurch, New Zealand   It begins when you are a child, in the pre-antibiotic dawn of an Indian summer, one of six siblings, five of whom will eventually die of broken heart valves or diabetes. But let us say for now, you are a child, a child who loves to dance, to play […]

The heart in Star Trek

Victor Grech Tal-Qroqq   Star Trek (ST) is a fictional utopian future history depicting how humanity might develop up to the 24th century. The series and movies comprise a metanarrative that encompasses 735 hours of viewing time, and thereby provides a fertile ground for analysis of various areas of critical study. In several ST episodes, […]

Sir Thomas Lewis: the promise of electrocardiography

In republishing an account of clinical electrocardiography, I do so from conviction that this method of examination is essential to the modern study of heart disease. When some twenty-seven years ago I began to study disorders of the heart with the aid of the “string galvanometer” the method was in its early infancy and unknown […]

Auscultation

Daly Walker Boca Grande, Florida, United States Arterial Nests, 2009 (detail) Michelle Frick, New York Cast silicone, intravenous line, ceramic, 30 x 18” silkscreen lightbox, sound   In the hospital’s x-ray department, Dad and I entered a small room with a wall of lighted boxes. A man with dyed reddish hair sat, sipping at a […]