M. Noirtier was sitting in a large wheelchair where they put him from morning till evening, in front of a mirror which reflected the whole apartment and allowed him to see who was coming in or going out, and what was happening around him, without attempting any movement: this was something that had become impossible […]Read More Medicine and The Count of Monte Cristo: Monsieur Noirtier De Villefort
A man was lying in the middle of the room, in a circle drawn on the ground with a piece of plaster from the wall, almost naked, his clothes having fallen into tatters. He was drawing very precise geometrical lines in the circle and appeared as absorbed in solving his problem as Archimedes when he […]Read More Medicine and The Count of Monte Cristo: Abbé Faria
‘That is as if you were to wish on the physician nothing but migraines, measles and wasp stings, only ailments that are skin-deep. If, on the contrary, you wish to see me as crown prosecutor, you should wish on me those fearful illnesses that bring honour to the doctor who cures them.’ The Count of […]Read More Medicine and The Count of Monte Cristo: Dumas and a clinical revolution
Maybe a pathogen from outer space will wipe out all intelligent life on Earth. Perhaps it already has. In any case, what sort of virus might it be? Adenovirus (I-don’t-know-virus). Learning objectives 1. Explore the current thinking behind pathogen viability outside Earth 2. Consider the panspermia hypothesis and potential relationship to pandemics 3. Reflect on […]Read More Astro-pathogens, exo-infections and xeno-medicine (plus a physician’s approach to panspermia)
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Ring, my friend, I said you’d call Doctor Robert Day or night he’ll be there any time at all Doctor Robert Doctor Robert, The Beatles Learning objectives 1. Continue our exploration of ‘The Doctor’. 2. Reflect on how images and their use shape societal expectations. 3. Think about how the medical profession will manage […]Read More ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. Part 2: Poverty and propaganda
Apparently a a picture is worth a thousand words, but what can a Victorian painting tell us about doctors today? Learning objectives 1. Look at ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. 2. Consider the societal expectations of doctors. 3. Reflect on whether doctors can live up to Victorian ideals. The Victorian era was an exciting period for […]Read More ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. Part 1: Painting and power
When you think of the term ‘doctor‘, what picture pops into your head? Images of doctors have changed through the ages, but never have they been more ubiquitous than they are now. They are powerful tools of communication. Do the images cause problems not only in the way patients view doctors but also in the […]Read More What does Dr. Google look like?
What would happen if medical science could reanimate the dead? Learning objectives 1. Introduce the fictional character of Herbert West 2. Participate in a thought experiment about resuscitation 3. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn Herbert West-Reanimator is a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft between 1921-1922. Published serially over six episodes in 1985 it […]Read More Herbert West-Reanimator. A promethean figure of disgust or a modern day master of medicine?