Tag Archives: Summer

Ahab’s gift: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the meaning of pain

Xi Chen Rochester, New York, United States   A whale being speared with harpoons by fishermen in the arctic sea. Engraving by A. M. Fournier after E. Traviès. Wellcome Collection. Public domain. In the summer months before my first year of medical school, I unfurled the pages of Moby Dick. Immersed in the novel’s adventurous […]

Partial eclipse of the heart

Perry Dinardo Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States   “Crescent Sun + Lens Flare” by Phil Bruxvoort is licensed under CC PDM 1.0. In early August 2017, the nation was buzzing about an upcoming total solar eclipse. I had been immersed in news about the eclipse for weeks, and decided it would be absolutely necessary for me to […]

Pellagra: a medical whodunit

Putzer J. Hung Saint Louis, Missouri, United States     A girl in the London Asylum suffering from chronic pellagra. Watercolor by A. J. E. Terzi, 1925. “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?” – Sherlock Holmes, […]