Monthly Archives: June 2011


Fantastic interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, over at The AV Club, with special mention of a upcoming children’s adaption. AVC: Part of the reason the Lacks family was afraid to talk to you … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Ethics, Literature, Research

If you squint

…your painting might be more convincing. Stereo blindness, or lack of depth perception, may actually be an advantage when it comes to art. Looking at the world through one eye at a time automatically “flattens the scene,” said Margaret S. Livingstone, … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Arts, History of Medicine

Comics & Medicine: Part 1

There’s been an avalanche of comics and medicine news recently, and like any true medical specialty, now there’s a conference! The second annual Comics and Medicine conference was held June 9-11, entitled The Sequential Art of Illness, at Northwestern University. … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Arts, Cancer, Chronic illness, Comics, Literature, Storytelling

What Hopkins lost, and the Lost Generation found

When Gil Pender, the protagonist of Woody Allen’s latest film, walks into the salon of Gertrude Stein, he can’t believe his good fortune (or time travel abilities). It’s a den of creative energy, literature and art. But years before Stein … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Arts, Film, Literature, Physician authors


This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS. Wired magazine’s Maryn McKenna, author of Beating Back the Devil, has posted excerpts of the harrowing origins and first victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Public health

Cleveland Clinic community hospital to close

Huron Hospital, a community hospital of the Cleveland Clinic in East Cleveland, will be shutting its doors. The decision by one of the nation’s leading health care systems to close a neighborhood hospital, once a relatively rare event, reflects a … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Primary Care

The “D” word

Danielle Ofri reflects on doctors’ discomfort with death. When I started my clinical clerkships, I began to hear the verb “expire” more frequently, and gradually it ceased to sound strange. As an intern, I witnessed my first deaths and was … Continue reading

Comments Off

Filed under Physician authors