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. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) In the summer months before my first year of medical school, I unfurled the pages of Moby Dick. Immersed […]

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, […]