Tag Archives: Winter 2009

Nursing during the US Civil War: a movement toward the professionalization of nursing

Karen J. Egenes   Scene in a Civil War hospital ward A Civil War nurse cares for sick and wounded soldiers of the Union Army In April 1861, there was no organized medical corps or field hospital services. In addition, there was no provision for military nurses. At the time, there were no nursing schools, […]

Emerging infections: a perpetual challenge

David M Morens; Gregory K Folkers, and Anthony S Fauci Bethesda, MD, USA This article was first published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 11, Nov. 2008, pages 710-719 Summary Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and their determinants, have recently attracted substantial scientific and popular attention. HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, H5N1 avian influenza, […]

The sound of one hand clapping: meditations on sinistrality

James L. Franklin   Paper presented to the Chicago Literary Club on April 7, 2008  It all began on the coldest morning of the season in early December 2006. Painters were still in our apartment putting the finishing touches on what had proven to be an all too prolonged renovation project. However—the end was now […]

Eisenhower and Crohn’s Disease

James L. Franklin  First Published in the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter Newsletter of September 11, 2005. Published by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.    It is still well within the public consciousness that Dwight David Eisenhower suffered a myocardial infarction three years into his first term of office as President of the United […]

Can Hippocrates save modern medicine? A plea to return to our roots

 Patrick Guinan Modern medicine is in the midst of a morale crisis. In this brief review I will attempt to 1.) explain why, 2.) note that medicine has abrogated control of its destiny, and 3.) suggest that a return to the Hippocratic doctor-patient relationship can save medicine. This crisis is manifested, to some extent, by […]

The Dead Mother Series of Egon Schiele: psychoanalytic use of an artist’s image

Prudence L. Gourguechon Paper presented at the Hektoen Institute of Medicine on Nov. 6, 2007 Revised for publication in Hektoen International, Vol. 2, Jan. 2009   Introduction Two intensely creative men lived and worked in early 20th century Vienna, both intent on elucidating aspects of the darker side of the human psyche. There is no […]

Lost Babies: how a photosculpture is changing the etiquette of consolation

Nancy Gershman Figure 1 Kari Ruth in Intensive Care Figure 2 Kari Ruth re-envisioned as a Lost Baby Digital photomontage photo sculpture 8″ x 10″ x .125″   The mother who loses her full-term baby goes home with the five stages of grief (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross), funeral home pamphlets and a support group calendar. But the […]

The art of Laura Olear

Laura Olear Viruses and Bacteria series Artist’s Statement We live in an age of profound advances in health and medicine, yet there has never been a wider gap between objective and perceptive health. I am interested in the ways in which many people dissociate themselves from their bodies and health, while others focus fixatedly on […]

Viruses and bacteria series

Laura Olear Chicago, Illinois, USA Artist’s statement We live in an age of profound advances in health and medicine, yet there has never been a wider gap between objective and perceptive health. I am interested in the ways in which many people dissociate themselves from their bodies and health, while others focus fixatedly on them. […]