Category Archives: Collections

Martel, Yann. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

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Inventive in form and timeless in content, each story is moving and thought-provoking. A Canadian university student visiting Washington, D.C., experiences the Vietnam War through an intense musical encounter. Variations of a warden’s letter to the mother of a man he has just executed reveal how each life is contained in its end. A young man’s fascination with the mirror-making machine he finds in his grandmother’s attic is juxtaposed with the reminiscences it evokes from his grandmother. And, in the exquisite title story, a young man dying of AIDS joins his friend in fashioning a story of the Roccamatio family of Helsinki, set against the yearly march of the twentieth century.

Publisher: Canongate Books
Year: 2005
ISBN-10: 1841956120

 

Salinsky, John. Medicine and literature: the doctor’s companion to the classics. Volume 2.

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When I want to know the real rock-bottom truth about what happens all the time in this doctoring life, what happens to us, and to the folks who bring us their hearts and worries to be heard, that’s when I turn, every time, to the novelists, the playwrights, the poets, the essayists, who have given us the sights and sounds, the feel, of all that goes on, minute by minute. What Tolstoy and Chekhov knew, we need to know for ourselves, for our own sakes, as we live out our medical lives.” William Carlos Williams “The most fundamental of all consulting skills is genuine curiosity about other people, the constant urge to wonder ‘Why are they as they are?'” We should open our minds to the life of the imagination not just for its entertainment value, but for the mindset of curiosity it engenders in us.”Such books as John Salinsky describes in this and his previous volume combine powerful opportunities for our own professional growth with pleasure and recreation too.

Publisher: CRC Press
Year: 2004
ISBN-10: 1857758307

Salinsky, John. Medicine and literature: the doctor’s companion to the classics

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When I want to know the real rock-bottom truth about what happens all the time in this doctoring life, what happens to us, and to the folks who bring us their hearts and worries to be heard, that’s when I turn, every time, to the novelists, the playwrights, the poets, the essayists, who have given us the sights and sounds, the feel, of all that goes on, minute by minute. What Tolstoy and Chekhov knew, we need to know for ourselves, for our own sakes, as we live out our medical lives.” William Carlos Williams “The most fundamental of all consulting skills is genuine curiosity about other people, the constant urge to wonder ‘Why are they as they are?'” We should open our minds to the life of the imagination not just for its entertainment value, but for the mindset of curiosity it engenders in us.”Such books as John Salinsky describes in this and his previous volume combine powerful opportunities for our own professional growth with pleasure and recreation too.

Publisher: CRC Press
Year: 2001
ISBN-10: 1857755359

Powley, Elaine; Higson, Roger. The Arts in Medical Education: A Practical Guide

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The first edition of The Arts in Medical Education outlined the principles and methods for using arts resources in teaching aspects of the medical curriculum. The second edition has been expanded with new chapters, which enliven and enhance the teaching of some of the more challenging areas of medical practice. The book includes many colour illustrations, photographs, poems and literary extracts. It is invaluable to healthcare educators and medical professionals with teaching responsibilities, offering information, structure and inspiration. ‘There is considerable art in the practice of medicine. This book represents a practical tool to stimulate educators and learners to consider new approaches to medical education that reflect changing societal needs and practice patterns by introducing the visual and literary arts to medical education; to embrace the art of medicine. Medical schools around the world are exploring the influence of the visual arts on physician practice and understanding the nature of healing as well as suffering. We hope you will find this book an important tool in your exploration of the power and influence of the arts in medicine.’ere is considerable art in the practice of medicine. This book represents a practical tool to stimulate educators and learners to consider new approaches to medical education that reflect changing societal needs and practice patterns by introducing the visual and literary arts to medical education; to embrace the art of medicine. Medical schools around the world are exploring the influence of the visual arts on physician practice and understanding the nature of healing as well as suffering. We hope you will find this book an important tool in your exploration of the power and influence of the arts in medicine.’

Publisher: CRC Press
Year: 2013
ISBN-10: 1846195659

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Posen, Solomon. The Doctor in Literature, Volume 2: Private Life

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Focusing on the personal lives of doctors, this annotated indexed anthology explores personality, behaviour and doctor-patient relationships as portrayed in novels, short stories and plays. “The Doctor in Literature, Volume 2” and its companion volume are unique among medical anthologies in that readers can look up medical topics as they appear in fiction. The choice of passages is based on clinical relevance, and the range of fully indexed subjects and quotations are generally not found in other texts. This work brings together an extraordinary array of passages from literature to provide a major reference source. It identifies and analyses recurring themes in the portrayal of medical doctors, and is sure to provide pleasure for readers who use it for browsing.

Publisher: CRC Press
Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 1857757793

Posen, Solomon. The Doctor in Literature, Volume 1: Satisfaction or Resentment?

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This anthology culls 1,500 excerpts from approximately 600 works of literature primarily written in the past two centuries and representing all major genres–the novel, drama, poetry, and essay. These brief selections highlight how literature portrays the medical profession and also provide ample evidence of many recurrent themes about the doctor-patient relationship and the personal lives of physicians present in the pages of fiction.

Publisher: CRC Press
Year: 2004
ISBN-10: 1857756096

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Chekhov, Anton. [Coulehan, Jack (ed).] Chekhov’s Doctors: A Collection of Chekhov’s Medical Tales

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In his brief life, Chekhov was a doctor, essayist, dramatist and a humanitarian. He saw no conflict between art and science or art and medicine. This collection of stories presents powerful portraits of doctors in their everyday lives, struggling with their own personal problems.

Publisher: Kent State University Press
Year: 2003
ISBN-10: 0873387805

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Morrison L, Gillies J, Newell A, Fraser L. Tools of the Trade. Poems for New Doctors

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‘New doctors will be empowered by poems in the pockets of their metaphorical white coats.’

Such is the aim of the RCGP (Scotland) and the Scottish Poetry Library in producing this pocket-sized anthology of poetry given free to all graduating medical students in Scotland this year as a memorial tribute to Dr Pat Manson. In their foreword, the editors express their hope that this little book will be ‘a friend to provide comfort and support’ to newly-qualified doctors who are urged to ‘use the poems as tools to connect with your patients, your colleagues, yourself’. I hope they will; there is certainly much here to challenge as well as comfort.

Publisher: Scottish Poetry Library
Year: 2014
ISBN-10: 0956219160

 

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Thanks to the fantastic Scottish Poetry Library it is possible to link to many (if not quite all) the poems in this collection…

Lines for a Bookmark
by Gael Turnbull
Psalm Eighty-Eight Blues
by Diana Hendry
Gift
by Czesław Miłosz
At Eighty
by Edwin Morgan
The Flyting o’ Life and Daith
by Hamish Henderson
The Bird that was Trapped has Flown
by James Robertson
Ward 64
by Sarah Broom
Human Chain
by Seamus Heaney
Beannacht / Blessing
by John O’Donohue
from ‘Playing God’
by Glenn Colquhoun
These are the Hands (for the 60th anniversary of the NHS )
by Michael Rosen
To My Surgeon
by Valerie Gillies
Second Opinion
by Douglas Dunn
from Finis Exoptatus
by Adam Lindsay Gordon
From the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
by Andrew Greig
Going without Saying
by Bernard O’Donoghue
Warning
by Jenny Joseph
Nothing
by Selima Hill
Mum
by Arthur Cochrane
The Old Lady
by Iain Crichton Smith
The Bonnie Broukit Bairn
by Hugh MacDiarmid
Adam, There are Animals
by Chloe Morrish
Teddy (for a child with leukaemia)
by Glenn Colquhoun
Twenty-eight Weeks
by Lesley Glaister
Things
by Fleur Adcock
An Suaimhneas Bruaillein
by Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir
A brief format to be used when consulting with patients
by Glenn Colquhoun
Night Sister
by Elizabeth Jennings
Recovery Room
by Patricia Beer
From Doing Calls on the Old Portpatrick Road
by Iain Bamforth
From A Year and a Day: 19 October 1979 – 19 October 1980
by Gael Turnbull
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by Sarah Broom
The Guest House
by Jeladuddin Rumi
The Door
by Miroslav Holub
A Medical Education (for Dr Peter Rothwell)
by Glenn Colquhoun
A Tight-Rope Act
by Gael Turnbull
Tools of the Trade
by Martin MacIntyre
Increasingly sophisticated methods of divination used in the practice of medicine
by Glenn Colquhoun

Holden J, Kieffer J, Newbigin J, Wright S. Where Does It Hurt? The New World of the Medical Humanities

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Where does it Hurt: The New World of Medical Humanities is a compilation of forty short essays edited by John Holden, John Kieffer, John Newbigin, and Shelagh Wright for the Wellcome Trust. It sets out to explore definitions of the medical humanities and allow people to visualise what it might entail by giving examples of practical applications of the arts and humanities to concepts of health and wellbeing.

Publisher: Wellcome Trust
Year: 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0-9570285-7-9

You can download a copy here

Berthoud Ella, Elderkin Susan. The Novel Cure – An A-Z of Literary Remedies

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Many of us delve into our favourite book when feeling under the weather, but this medical handbook with a difference will help you choose the perfect novel (or combination) to cure a variety of ailments.
From healing a broken heart to feeling blue or even making you forget about a stubbed toe, The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies will help you find a read to ease your pain. Written with passion and humour by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud, the book will also show you what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of books available in the world and when you feel like giving up halfway through a novel…
A great gift for anyone with an interest in reading, The Novel Cure will help you find new books to read, revisit old favourites and prove how a good novel can change your life.

Publisher: Canongate Books
Year: 2013
ISBN-10: 0857864203

The website to the book is a great introduction to what is on offer

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Darling, Julie, Fuller Cynthia (eds). The Poetry Cure

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This book of poems is for all of us who go through illness, deal with doctors, hospitals, and experiences such as bereavement and ageing, and who struggle to find language to describe the suffering we have to go through. Medical language baffles and alienates us. It’s a harsh, unforgiving vocabulary that often seems to bear no relationship to our own emotional predicament. In this uplifting anthology we see how poetry can give us metaphors and images to help us understand our feelings and communicate them to people around us. This is a book that should be in every waiting-room, and should be by the bed of every GP and consultant. It may inspire you to write poetry, and also help you to find order in the chaos of ill health. By giving us words, poetry can help cure us.

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Year: 2005
ISBN-10: 1852246901

Emery, AEH, Emery MLH. Medicine and Art

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Alan and Marcia Emery present a superb collection of over fifty pieces of art, reflecting the physician’s role in society and the relationship between doctor and patient.

Medicine and Art contains an international selection of artworks, tracing both the history of art and the development of medicine from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, illustrating changing perceptions and applications of medicine, through varied styles and artistic media.

Each work of art is accompanied by a short essay describing the history of the artist and the subject of the artwork. The full colour illustrations and detailed Appendix of further artworks depicting specific medical conditions make this book a unique treasure trove of information for all who share the authors’ love of art, history and medicine. This intriguing book evolved from a series of articles written and researched by Alan Emery about art and medicine in Clinical Medicine, the journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press
Year 2002
ISBN-10: 1853155012

Steven Oliver HYMS: This is a beautiful book, with some brilliant reproductions and a fascinating documentation and perspective on the way doctors and medicine have been represented in art over time. The image below is included in the book from the Wellcome Library collection >link<, it is called ‘Sentence of Death‘ painted in 1908 by John Collier and represents the moment a young man is told by his physician that he is going to die. We can only speculate which terminal illness it was that was being imagined, capable of killing a young Edwardian man: cancer, tuberculosis or perhaps syphilis?

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Asher, R. Talking Sense

A collection of papers written by Dr Richard Asher, an eminent British Endocrinologist and Haematologist.  The Talking Sense collection has been described as the best advice on medical writing.

Author: Asher, Richard
Title: Richard Asher talking sense
Publisher: Pitman Medical
Year: 1972
ISBN: 0272000671

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Also the father of Jane Asher the actress and late boyfriend of one of the Beatles. He also looked after mental health patients but these were taken away from him in a hospital reorganisation and he resigned in protest.  The Dangers of Going to Bed is a classic

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For our younger readers it may be worth saying that is was Jane, rather than Richard, Asher who was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend (she now makes cakes). Unless of course Prof Cookson has the hottest piece of gossip in Beatles history!

Batchelor T, Lewisohn C & Myrone M. Rude Britannia: British Comic Art

Comic Art – art that gains its effect through visual humour, caricature, exaggeration and slapstick, whether in print, reproduction or through the moving image – has long helped shape and inform British culture. This entertaining and irreverent history aims to present a wide-screen vision of comic art, from Hogarth to Spitting Image, from Michelangelo to The Mighty Boosh. Tackling the big themes of morality, politics, the bawdy and the absurd, from the eighteenth century to the present day, it will feature works by classic cartoonists and caricaturists, from Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank, to Edward Lear, Heath Robinson, Oz and Viz magazine. Many of the greatest cartoonists and comic artists of recent years will be featured, including Steve Bell, Robert Crumb, David Low and Ronald Searle. Beginning with the origins of the caricature, the book’s journey encompasses cartoons, comic books, film, photography, audio, new media and contemporary art.

Publisher: Tate Publishing
Year: 2010
ISBN-10: 1854378864

Heaney, S. The Rattle Bag

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poetry (mostly in English but occasionally in translation) for general readers and students of all ages and backgrounds. These poems have been selected by the simple yet telling criteria that they are the personal favorites of the editors, themselves two of contemporary literature’s leading poets.

Editors: Heaney, Seamus, Hughes, Ted.

Title: The Rattle Bag
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Year: 1982
ISBN: 057111976X

Downie, RS (Ed). The healing arts: An Oxford illustrated anthology

Robin Downie has mixed together a rich concoction of poems, stories, prose extracts, music, paintings, and drawings which illustrate the fundamental issues of birth, life, and death.

Title: The healing arts: an Oxford illustrated anthology
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Year: 2000
ISBN: 0192632574

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Helman, C. Doctors and Patients, an anthology

An anthology of classic writing and short stories about doctors, patients, illness and health that illuminates the relationships between doctors and patients in the past and today, this volume features writings by world-famous authors, many of whom were also physicians, including Oliver Sacks, Anton Chekhov and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Author: Helman, Cecil
Title: Doctors and Patients, an anthology
Publisher: Abingdon : Radcliffe Medical Press
Year: 2003
ISBN: 1857759931

Huyler, F. The blood of strangers

A collection of short essays set in the ER introduces a neurosurgeon who practices witchcraft, a trauma surgeon who commits suicide, a wounded murderer, and a man chased across the New Mexico desert by a missile.

Author: Huyler, Frank
Title: The blood of strangers
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press
Year: 1964
ISBN: 0520218639

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