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A bit of irony: Sir William Wilde and Oscar Wilde

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States   Portrait of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in New York, 1882. Early in the afternoon of November 30, 1900, thirty-six hours after he had lapsed into a coma, a man named Sebastian Melmoth died at the Hotel d’Alsace in the Rue des Beaux Art. His assumed name eluded few […]

Nikolai Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States Nikolai Gogol Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–1852) was a member of the first wave of great Russian authors of the nineteenth century. Born in a Ukrainian Cossack village then part of the Russian Empire, he made his way to Saint Petersburg where he found his métier in the short […]

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A cautionary tale

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States   Mary Shelley 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. This remarkable work of fiction has inspired a wealth of popular currency in the form of numerous cinematic productions which have grossly distorted the public understanding of the work and obscured […]

Dr. Charles Drew, Philip Roth, and race

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States   Charles R. Drew, 1904 “My point is, if you have a course on health and whatever, then you do know Dr. Charles Drew. You’ve heard of him?” “No.” “Shame on you, Mr. Zukerman. I’ll tell you in a minute” . . . “You haven’t told me who […]

Surgery, note by note: Marin Marais’ “Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille”

James L. Franklin Chicago, Illinois, United States   Figure 1. Marin Marais, 1704 André Bouys How has medicine been depicted in music? Examples from the operatic stage come to mind: tuberculosis in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s La Bohème; madness or delirium in the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia Da Lammermoor and Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking […]

Eisenhower and Crohn’s Disease

James L. Franklin  First Published in the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter Newsletter of September 11, 2005. Published by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.    It is still well within the public consciousness that Dwight David Eisenhower suffered a myocardial infarction three years into his first term of office as President of the United […]