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How we love

Linda Clarke Guelph, ON, Canada   Photo by James Sullivan The communities of health care and medicine are richly storied. For almost three decades, I have invited people in those communities to tell me their stories and they have been generous in their telling. A story told can be image-laden and many of those images […]

Rethinking the impulse to empathize: A sister’s perspective on sympathy and stigma

Jeanne Farnan Pennsylvania, USA   Mary Cassatt, Mother Combing Sara’s Hair, 1901. Private collection. Web Gallery of Impressionism “I am so sorry.”  My youngest sister, Annie, was born during the spring semester of my first year of high school. These four words are etched into my memory, integrally intertwined with the events of that spring. […]

When there’s no plug to pull

Darcy H. Sternberg New York, New York, USA   On the Waves of Love. Edvard Munch, printed by Otto Felsing. 1896. The Art Institute of Chicago. At night I lie awake on the living room sofa staring at the moon, envying its constancy. Change had eaten up our lives. My husband, Marty, and I met […]

Drunk in love: bodies and consumption in Samson and Delilah

Leigh Andersen     Samson and Delilah (1610) by Peter Paul Rubens Peter Paul Rubens’ rendition of Samson and Delilah (1610) depicts Samson sleeping on Delilah’s lap as a Philistine cuts his hair, thereby removing the secret to his herculean strength. The artist who gave us the term “Rubenesque,” in which the words “plump” and […]

Lovesickness in art and medicine

Frank Gonzalez-Crussi Chicago, Illinois, USA   Figure 1 The lovesick: Antiochus and Stratonice, 1641–1642 Pietro da Cortona Fresco Sala di Venere,  Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy Have you ever suffered the pangs of romantic passion? Count yourself lucky if you have not, for studies show that this feeling may thrive in any world culture.1 The defining […]