Tag Archives: Tracheotomy

Grumpy doctors and the short story

Tony Miksanek Southern Illinois, USA   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 hot. […]

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, USA   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, […]