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, […]

Saint Elisabeth, a saintly nurse

Saint Elisabeth of Hungary bringing food for the inmates of a hospital (Wellcome Collection). Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Coloured engraving by W. Langhammer.  Wellcome Collection. CC BY.   Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207–1231) is one of the most loved saints of the Middle Ages. Also called St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, she is the patron of bakers, beggars, brides, […]