Tag Archives: Winter 2013

My First Medical Rotation

Shawn Khosla Kansas City, Missouri, USA Poet’s statement: My junior year in high school, I started to shadow a physician in an inner-city hospital. This poem illustrates my initial shock at the devastation caused by social evils like drugs and drunk driving. My experience showed me the importance of combining medicine and the humanities to […]

I Held My Father’s Hand – Farewell to an Ex-lover

Elizabeth Lovett Colledge, PhD Jacksonville, Florida, USA Poet’s statement: These poems are about the experience of letting go of someone who is passing. The first poem is about my father’s death; the second is about the loss of a lover.   I held my father’s hand I held my father’s hand in the dark hospital […]

Medical limericks

  A girl called Jane took an airplane to Spain, And developed abdominal pain. She went straight to bed and drank something red, And twelve hours later was dead. There was a young man called Rimple Who squeezed a very large pimple. It caused him much pain and spread to the brain And left him […]

Alternate Reality -The Magic Age

Adrienne M. Jenness, MLIS Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Winter 2013) Poet’s statement: I was diagnosed as bipolar when I was 27. I am now in my sixties and, thanks to good therapists and my own efforts, I have been stable for many years. I know what it is like to be mentally ill […]

My Break – Work and Family – In OR 5

Steve Cushman Greensboro, North Carolina, USA Poet’s statement: All three of these poems have to do with the “other” lives of healthcare workers. We see doctors, nurses, and X-ray technologists in the hospital, and and we expect them to be fully engaged in the work they do, but most of them have other interests, and […]

Running on empty

Zel Brook Corvallis, Oregon, USA Artist’s statement: My photography, sculpture, and paintings document my lifelong experiences with illness and disability.   Self-portrait with dysfunctional wheelchair Zel Brook Wood, metal, rubber 50” x 40” This piece is a re-use of wheelchair wheels on an uncomfortable chair with my cane balanced on the seat. This reflects the […]

The Triple A

Kyle Amber Coral Gables, Florida, USA The Triple A, 2012 Digital – 24 x 18 in. The curvature of the human body has piqued the interest of artists for centuries. However, the beauty of such shapes and lines should not be confined to the countryside, as is typically depicted in popular compositions. In the medical […]

X-Ray Art

Byung Kook Kwak Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea   A radiologist uses medical imaging instruments to peer inside the human body in the search of abnormality, but the product of medical imaging, the x-ray, is also a form of photography. Like light, x-rays inherently sensitize a film or plate. As the x-ray penetrates an object, […]

Virgil and the Aeneid

Patrick Guinan Chicago, Illinois, United States   “Arma virumque canto.—I sing of arms and of a man” Virgil reading the Aeneid to Augustus and his sister Octavia, Jean Baptiste Wicar, c.1790,  Art Institute of Chicago, In the painting Octavia has fainted on hearing the name of her dead son, who may have been murdered by […]