In this issue we explore concepts of beauty as understood in different cultures. We learn about Cleopatra’s borderline personality disorder, the psychology of vengeance, medieval headaches, measles in the young, and the history of anesthesia and also how the gut is unloved by poets, how laughter helps ease the burden of diabetes, and how the family that eats together stays together – happy and thin. We also feature several handsome paintings from the excellent Brukenthal Museum in Transylvania.
The unloved gut…Fergus Shanahan
Doctors, Patients, & Diseases
Breathless: philosophical lessons from resperatory illness…HH Carel
Medicine and Literature
The Hippocratic Oath and the American medical profession…Chloé DeLisle
Becoming a Medical Professional
A physician’s account of Auschwitz…Christine Henneberg