Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Medical Humanities topics

  • Sylvia Plath: the tortured artist?

    Kathleen Coggshall San Francisco, California, United States   The image of a chain-smoking, booze-addled writer is a common one, occurring so frequently in modern culture that one begins to wonder if depressed people find solace in creative endeavors, or if the soul-searching process of crafting a sonnet or composing a musical piece puts one at…

  • ‘The lament of the Old Woman of Beare’—contrasting the passage of life

    Basil Brooke Johannesburg, South Africa   Hag’s Head (Ceann Cailli) © Bob Jones   It is well for an island of the great sea: flood comes to it after its ebb; as for me, I expect no flood after ebb to come to me. Today there is scarcely a dwelling-place I could recognize; what was…