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Osler, William. A Way of Life

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Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919) was a Canadian physician and helped found Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been called the “Father of Modern Medicine.” This book is his explanation of how he achieved so much in his life and his exhortation for everyone who reads it to do the same. A Way of Life has been introducing people to his philosophy of successful living by way of “day tight compartments” since he first delivered the talk at Yale that spring Sunday afternoon in 1913.

For an online version this >link< to a copy from the University of Toronto works very well (and I have some sympathy for the bit or marginalia that you’ll find on the last page!

Bennett, Alan. Smut – two unseemly stories

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The Shielding of Mrs Forbes

Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. Though her own husband isn’t all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people’s predilections.

The Greening of Mrs Donaldson

Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating…

Publisher: Profile Books
Year: 2012
ISBN-10: 1846685265

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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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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

Czerwiec MK, Williams I, Squier SM, Green MJ, Myers KR, Smith ST. Graphic Medicine Manifesto

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This inaugural volume in the Graphic Medicine series establishes the principles of graphic medicine and begins to map the field. The volume combines scholarly essays written by the editorial team with previously unpublished visual narratives by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec and includes comic avatars by a wide range of graphic medicine contributors—all in an arresting format. The first section comprises essays by Scott Smith and Susan Squier. It argues that as a new area of scholarship, research on graphic medicine has the potential to challenge the boundaries of conventional academic disciplines, to raise questions about their foundations, and to reinvigorate literary scholarship—and the notion of the literary text—for a broader audience. The second section, incorporating essays by Michael Green and Kimberly Myers, demonstrates that graphic medicine narratives have the potential to engage members of the health professions with literary and visual representation and symbolic practices, offering patients, family members, physicians, and other caregivers new ways to experience and work with the challenges and complexity of the medical experience. The final section, featuring essays by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, focuses on the practice of creating graphic narratives; iconography used in the graphic narrative; drawing as social practice; and the nature of comics as visual rhetoric. A conclusion (in comics form) testifies to the diverse and growing community that is graphic medicine. Finally, two bibliographies—one of comics and the other of scholarly references—provide a valuable resource for readers.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press,
Year: 2015
ISBN-10: 0271066490

Morahan, Christopher (dir). Paper Mask

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Londoner Matthew Harris (Paul McGann) feels he’s destined for more in life than being a hospital porter. After a doctor who resembles him dies in a car accident, Harris takes it as an opportunity to improve his lot. Assuming the man’s identity, Harris nabs a position in a Bristol emergency room. There, he embarks on a romance with nurse Christine Taylor (Amanda Donohoe). But before long his past — and his lack of medical experience — come back to haunt him.

Production: British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Granada Television, Paper Mask
Year: 1990
Director: Christopher Morahan

Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith.

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Arrowsmith, the most widely read of Sinclair Lewis’s novels, is the dramatic portrayal of a man passionately devoted to science. As a bright, lonely boy in a small Midwestern town, Martin Arrowsmith spends his free time in old Doc Vickerson’s office avidly devouring medical texts. Destined to become a physician and a researcher, he discovers that societal forces of ignorance, corruption, and greed can be life-threatening obstacles. But he perseveres in his pursuit of scientific truth-even in the face of personal tragedy.Based on a spiritual ideal, Arrowsmith is the story of a visionary, a man of great energy and purpose, courage, dedication, who never loses hope. Lewis’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel illuminates the mystery and power of the medical profession while giving enduring dramatic life to a singular American hero’s impassioned struggle for integrity and intellectual freedom.

Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN-10: 0451530861

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Weston, Gabriel. Direct Red: A Surgeon’s Story

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How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands? What is it like to cut into someone else’s body? What is it like to stand by, powerless, while someone dies because of the incompetence of your seniors? How do you tell a beautiful young man who seems perfectly fit that he has only a few days left to live?

Gabriel Weston worked as a surgeon in the big-city hospitals of the twenty-first century; a woman in a world dominated by Alpha males. Her world was one of disease, suffering and extraordinary pressure where a certain moral ambiguity and clinical detachment were necessary tools for survival. Startling and honest, her account combines a fierce sense of human dignity with compassion and insight, illuminating scenes of life and death the rest of us rarely glimpse.

Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2010
ISBN-10: 0099520699

Cavafy, CP. Collected poems

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The Greek poet C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) lived most of his life in Alexandria, where he was content to circulate his work only among a select group of readers; but since his death he has come to be recognised and widely enjoyed as one of the great poets of the twentieth century in any language celebrated for his elegant formal structures, for his brilliant reanimation of myth and for his subtle treatment of erotic experience.

Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Year: 1990
ISBN-10: 0701136626

 

Shem, S. House of God

The hilarious novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns — they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be. They came from the top of their medical school class to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer the flash of on-duty call lights and nubile nurses. But only the Fat Man –the Clam, all-knowing resident — could sustain them in their struggle to survive, to stay sane, to love-and even to be doctors when their harrowing year was done.

Author: Shem, Samuel (Stephen Bergman)
Publisher: Dell Club Co
Year: 2003
ISBN: 0440296080

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Steven Oliver HYMS: Law nine of the House of God (there are 13 in total) is ‘The only good admission is a dead  admission’. To understand why you may one day entertain exactly this thought – despite your best ‘patient-centred’ intentions – I would recommend this book. It’s not great literature, my copy has the word ‘bawdy’ on the cover blurb, so brace yourself for some very ‘phallocentric’ sex (however ‘my copy’ is in fact my wife’s copy – so it’s not solely for ‘lads’). I’m not sure I now find it a particularly funny book – its humour is very black – it is the writer’s anger about systems that can choke the caring out of medicine, and the impact this has on young doctors that makes this a ‘must read’ for me.

Bliss, Michael. William Osler: A Life in Medicine

William Osler was born in a parsonage in backwoods Canada on July 12, 1849. In a life lasting seventy years, he practiced, taught, and wrote about medicine at Canada’s McGill University, America’s Johns Hopkins University, and finally as Regius Professor at Oxford. At the time of his death in England in 1919, many considered him to be the greatest doctor in the world. Osler, who was a brilliant, innovative teacher and a scholar of the natural history of disease, revolutionized the art of practicing medicine at the bedside of his patients. He was idolized by two generations of medical students and practitioners for whom he came to personify the ideal doctor. But much more than a physician, Osler was a supremely intelligent humanist. In both his writings and his personal life, and through the prism of the tragedy of the Great War, he embodied the art of living. It was perhaps his legendary compassion that elevated his healing talents to an art form and attracted to his private practice students, colleagues, poets (Walt Whitman for example) politicians, royalty, and nameless ordinary people with extraordinary conditions. William Osler’s life lucidly illuminates the times in which he lived. Indeed, this is a book not only about the evolution of modern medicine, the training of doctors, holism in medical thought, and the doctor-patient relationship, but also about humanism, Victorianism, the Great War, and much else. Meticulously researched, drawing on many new sources and offering new interpretations, William Osler: A Life in Medicine brings to life both a fascinating man and the formative age of twentieth-century medicine. It is a classic biography of a classic life, both authoritative and highly readable.

Publisher:
OUP USA
Year: 1999
ISBN-10: 0195123468