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The sweet smell of success

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Cropped from photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels “You shall nose him . . .” —Hamlet, Act IV, scene III   It was July 1977. After having done a rotating internship, I was starting my pediatric residency at the academic children’s hospital. My first rotation was in the outpatient clinic, […]

Saul Bellow’s Doctor Adler: the achieving medical father and his non-achieving son

Solomon Posen Sydney, Australia   “I’ve learned,” old Doctor Adler lectures his oversized, untidy and bankrupt son, “to keep my sympathy for the real ailments” (42). Saul Bellow’s 1956 novella Seize the Day, arguably his finest work, is the story of a prodigal son (Tommy Wilhelm) who returns to his father, craving love as well […]