Tag Archives: Spring 2016

Reason vs. Emotion in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley

Mila H. Whiteley Fairfax, VA, USA   Portrait of Charlotte Bronte, 1873. (Painted by Evert A. Duyckinck, based on a drawing by George Richmond, University of Texas Collection.) Charlotte Brontë’s 1849 Shirley is often considered a “Condition of England” novel, due to its exploration of various social, political, and religious issues of the time. One […]

Tobias Smollett, MD: his medical life and experiences

Martin Duke Mystic, Connecticut, United States Every generation seems to produce its share of physicians and surgeons who are remembered for their literary accomplishments—Avicenna and Maimonides in the middle ages, Rabelais during the French Renaissance, Thomas Browne in the 17th century and Keats and Goldsmith in the 18th century.  Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Axel […]

Tolstoy: insights for doctors and other humans

Maarten J Wensink Southern Denmark   Tolstoy in May, 1908, photographed at Yasnaya Polyana by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky It is a testimony to the genius of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy that a fine selection of concepts later arduously acquired over the course of decades can be found in the first of Tolstoy’s great novels, War and Peace(1). Although Tolstoy was not […]

Synesthesia in medicine and the humanities

Eleni I. (Lena) Arampatzidou Greece   Dr. Arampatzidou would like to dedicate this essay to Professor Alexander Nehamas, Director Dimitri Gondicas and the Stanley Seeger Center at Princeton University for their support and generosity in offering her a research fellowship in medical humanities which made this publication possible.   Composition VII, by Wassily Kandinsky, a possible […]

The medical journey of Charles Dickens

Lea Mendes Lisboa, Portugal   John Leech illustration – Scrooge confronts Ignorance and Want in A Christmas Carol [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons At the time of the London Great Exhibition of 1851, the United Kingdom was the wealthiest and most industrialized country in the world.1 The most popular and quintessential Victorian writer was Charles […]

Of Pine and Man: Reflecting on Henry David Thoreau’s Sentiment in ‘Chesuncook’

James Mathew Robert Pavlik Milwaukee, WI, USA   From the book Hungary by Adrian and Marianne Stokes It is the living spirit of the tree, not its spirit of turpentine, with which I sympathize, and which heals my cuts. It is as immortal as I am, and perchance will go to as high a heaven, […]

Visualizing the paradise within

Ashleigh Frayne Alberta, Canada   Milton had been blind for seven years when he began to compose Paradise Lost; however, there is much evidence to suggest that Milton had struggled with his vision from an early age. This struggle had great influence on his writing. In Paradise Lost, Milton draws from his experiences with failing […]

Jane Eyre and tuberculosis

Afsheen Zafar Rawalpindi, Pakistan I had just put down my pen after the last patient left the room. She somehow reminded me of the Brontë sisters. She had been diagnosed with tuberculous axillary lymphadenitis after a biopsy but otherwise seemed to be in perfect health. Apparently she was not much disturbed by the diagnosis since […]

Seven reasons why nurses want to leave their job

Victorina T. Malones Iloilo City, Philippines Some years ago I wanted to work as the best hospital nurse I could possibly be. I worked hard to become a staff nurse. I passed the board exam, had a successful interview, and after months of gaining experience by volunteering, I was hired. After I got the job […]

Stella

Mathew Kinsella Browns Mills, NJ   Oak tree Public Domain One flew east, one flew west And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest                                                 -Ken Kesey   The cacophony of egregious expletives coming from the crisis reception room astounds even the seasoned psychiatric staff working the hospital swing-shift. All spit and vinegar, the diminutive woman […]