Tag Archives: John Graham-Pole

Blood, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm: an inseparable balance?

John Graham-Pole Clydesdale, NS, Canada   Visiting the Island of Cos, Greece, 2013 Left: Under the plane tree; top: Hippocratic humors; right: Temple of Cos; bottom: Greek friend bearing sage Life blood: Humor and health In 1960, I entered St. Bartholomew’s Medical School on a full classics scholarship. I was a devotee of Hippocrates, with […]

Poppy power

John Graham-Pole Gainesville, Florida, USA   Dr. Graham-Pole with cancer patient, Bridget. At the time of the photo, Bridget had life-threatening cancer requiring opioids, and is now a successful artist. Author photo. The poppy’s juice . . .brings the sleep to dear Mama — Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children   In Xanadu […]

The truth of the imagination

John Graham-Pole Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada   Scene from “As You Like It” Photography by UMTAD “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances.” Life as Performance Art The bard got it right: we are all actors, whether stars or bit players. Our […]

The company of butchers

John Graham-Pole Antigonish, Canada   It’s 5am. I peer through fast-revolving doors and eye the light skim of snowfall. I’m aware of a deep shiver. It’s the breeze flapping my skimpy white coat, right? Don’t kid yourself, rank fear is what this is. This is my first 24-hour stint as a surgical dresser. This allegedly […]

First blood

John Graham-Pole Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada   Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, 1970: I’m astounded I’ve landed one of the coveted G.O.S. senior resident jobs. The academic nature of the place immediately daunts me. Everyone bows down to its status as the foremost pediatric research hospital in Europe, perhaps in the world, […]