Tag Archives: Tracheotomy

Dr. Mikhail Bulgakov and morphine

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Centers for Disease Control Public Health Image Library. Public domain. “During the years of war and revolution it was hard to find a hospital without morphine-addicted patients.”1 – Vladimir Gorovoy-Shaltan, physician specialist in addiction medicine   Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov (1891–1940) was a Russian physician, novelist, and playwright. He earned his […]

Grumpy doctors and the short story

Tony Miksanek Southern Illinois, United States   This essay is based on a presentation made at the University of Iowa College of Medicine for the conference  “The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine” on April 24, 2008. It isn’t always necessary to take the temperature of fictional physicians to know that they are […]

High drama in the scullery

George Dunea This dramatic incident must have taken place around 1930, at a time when great controversy raged about the level at which a life-saving tracheotomy should be done. It is an extract from “High Tracheotomy Low Tracheostomy,” a lecture as given by Sir Clive Fitts at the Royal College of Physicians of London in […]

The tracheotomy

Michelle Paff  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States   The tracheotomy Michelle Paff Oil on canvas 20” x 15” The transformation of a medical student into a physician is depicted in the short story, The Steel Windpipe (1925), by the Russian physician and author, Mikhail Bulgakov. A young practitioner is stationed alone at a rural hospital, and […]