Tag Archives: psychosis

Hölderlin’s madness

Nicolas Roberto Robles Badajoz, Spain   The only representation on which Hölderlin looks people directly in the face – a pastel picture by Franz Karl Hiemerthat that the poet gave to his sister Rieke in 1792. According to his mother and sister, it does not resemble him. German Literature Archive, Marbach, Germany. Accessed via Wikimedia.  […]

The big sheepdog

Gregory Rose Lexington, KY   The Dog’s Watch. Charles Francois Daubigny. 1857. The Art Institute of Chicago. “How ya doin’, Wayne?” It had been some ten years, back in high school, since I had seen Wayne. I had returned to general practice in my small home town and I was not sure what Wayne had […]

Haunted by a living spirit

Bernardo Ng San Diego, California, USA   Witchcraft has been present in the Mexican culture for centuries, both in and out of the context of disease, with witches practicing either white or black magic. The most nationally recognized site for witchcraft is the city of Catemaco, Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico. The white magic […]

Nabokov’s first masterpiece

Nicholas Kang Auckland, New Zealand   Gradually the lights disappeared, the phantoms grew sparser, and a wave of oppressive blackness washed over him.   Nabokov famously composed his novels on index cards. ‘I am rather particular about my instruments: lined Bristol cards and well sharpened, not too hard, pencils capped with erasers.’ The Defense, a […]

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and medicine: A triumph over infirmity

William R. Albury George M. Weisz New South Wales, Australia   Fig. 1 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The “Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome” Renowned 19th century French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s most obvious association with medicine is through his bone disease. The condition from which he probably suffered was first described in 1954 by the French physician Robert […]