medicine in literature


Summary: Written or other literary works whose subject matter is medical or about the profession of medicine and related areas.

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  1. Bazil C. Seizures in the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Arch Neurol. 1999;56:740-3 pubmed
    ..Poe was able to use creative genius and experiences from illness to create memorable tales and poignant poems. ..
  2. Sahlas D. Functional neuroanatomy in the pre-Hippocratic era: observations from the Iliad of Homer. Neurosurgery. 2001;48:1352-7 pubmed
    ..The Iliad of Homer contains many descriptions of traumatic injury to the nervous system and provides us with 3,000-year-old references to some of the basic principles of functional neuroanatomy. ..
  3. Aydn A, Tumerdem B, Yazar M, Erer M. Three-thousand-year-old written reference to a description of what might be the earliest brachial plexus injuries in the Iliad of Homer. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004;114:1352-3 pubmed
  4. Mylonas A, Tzerbos F, Eftychiadis A, Papadopoulou E. Cranio-maxillofacial injuries in Homer's Iliad. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2008;36:1-7 pubmed publisher
  5. Konsolaki E, Astyrakaki E, Stefanakis G, Agouridakis P, Askitopoulou H. Cranial trauma in ancient Greece: from Homer to classical authors. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2010;38:549-53 pubmed publisher
    ..Most of these descriptions show that the ancient Greeks possessed very good knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck region and also of the pathophysiological consequences of trauma in the region. ..
  6. Torloni M, Daher S, Betran A, Widmer M, Montilla P, Souza J, et al. Portrayal of caesarean section in Brazilian women's magazines: 20 year review. BMJ. 2011;342:d276 pubmed publisher
  7. Stone J, Martis P. Response to Harry Potter and the curse of headache. Headache. 2008;48:168 pubmed publisher
  8. Lefrere J, Rouillon F. The great neurosis of Dr. Joseph Gerard. Front Neurol Neurosci. 2013;31:52-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Its scientific and medical value is poor, but provides us with the various meanings of the word 'neurosis' in the late nineteenth century. ..
  9. Gourevitch D. [Gout in the Zola's La joie de vivre]. Med Secoli. 2010;22:361-76 pubmed
    ..Garrod's researches, and especially his case histories, are likely to have influenced Zola, the novelist. ..

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  1. Bunkers S. Learning with leaders. Nurs Sci Q. 2009;22:27-32 pubmed publisher
    ..Teaching-learning questions are then posed to stimulate further reflection on the lessons of leadership. ..
  2. Silverman M. THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER AND GOETHE'S UNDERSTANDING OF MELANCHOLIA. Psychoanal Q. 2016;85:199-209 pubmed publisher
    ..The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Louise Bogan. 167 pp. In The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Novella. New York: Random House, 1971. ..
  3. Hogan P. Literary aesthetics: beauty, the brain, and Mrs. Dalloway. Prog Brain Res. 2013;205:319-37 pubmed publisher
    ..Woolf's novel also points us toward other features of aesthetic experience, crucially including the emotion-sharing that is a key function of the production and circulation of art. ..
  4. van Haaren M, Lawrence M, Goossens P, Van Den Bossche B, Wermer M, Kaptein A. Pirandello's analogy: a source for a better understanding of the social impact of stroke. Eur Neurol. 2012;67:92-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This analogy could enable medical professionals to better understand the social impact of stroke, and consequently offer appropriate interventions to improve rehabilitation outcomes for individual patients. ..
  5. Kaptein A, Lyons A. Cancer ward: patient perceptions in oncology. J Health Psychol. 2010;15:848-57 pubmed publisher
    ..Analysing a novel on cancer provides insight into patients' embodied experiences and perceptions of cancer and treatment. Incorporating illness perceptions into medical care improves the quality of life of patients. ..
  6. Crawford P, Baker C. Literature and madness: fiction for students and professionals. J Med Humanit. 2009;30:237-51 pubmed publisher
    ..How can literature be of particular relevance in psychiatry? This paper examines these issues and suggests a selection of useful texts. ..
  7. Giles R. Rounds with the public health nurse, 1966. Am J Nurs. 2008;108:61 pubmed publisher
  8. Leung G. Musings on Chekhov. J Public Health (Oxf). 2008;30:117-8 pubmed publisher
  9. Skårderud F. [Self-harm in fiction literature]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2009;129:773-5 pubmed publisher
    ..In Jelinek's fictional universe, self-harm is particularly related to the topic of autonomy in a family context; while Knausgård describes the role of shame in triggering and sustaining self-harming behaviour. ..
  10. Dein S. Judeo-Christian religious experience and psychopathology: the legacy of William James. Transcult Psychiatry. 2010;47:523-47 pubmed publisher
    ..Contemporary research on Christian conversion, mysticism, and its relationship to psychosis and mental health and healing are discussed. Future themes for research are proposed. ..
  11. Zhuo L. [Acupuncture based on the theory of Biao and Ben]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011;31:75-8 pubmed
    ..And during the treating process, physicians should proceed from Biao to Ben so as to conduct the anti-pathogenic qi to play its role in disease cure and health maintenance. ..
  12. Torloni M, Campos Mansilla B, Merialdi M, Betran A. What do popular Spanish women's magazines say about caesarean section? A 21-year survey. BJOG. 2014;121:548-55 pubmed publisher
    ..The portrayal of CS in Spanish women's magazines is not sufficiently comprehensive and does not provide adequate important information to help the readership to understand the real benefits and risks of this route of delivery. ..
  13. Wear D, Jones T. Bless me reader for I have sinned: physicians and confessional writing. Perspect Biol Med. 2010;53:215-30 pubmed publisher
  14. Collado Vazquez S, Cano De La Cuerda R, Jiménez Antona C, Muñoz Hellín E. [Deficiency, disability, neurology and literature]. Rev Neurol. 2012;55:167-76 pubmed
  15. Solomon J. Gertrude Stein, opium queen: notes on a mistaken embrace. J Lesbian Stud. 2013;17:7-24 pubmed publisher
    ..Toklas despite the unparalleled visibility of its lesbian erotics. ..
  16. Bono J. Making knowledge: history, literature, and the poetics of science. Isis. 2010;101:555-9 pubmed
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  17. Russo M, Di Stefano N. Post-human body and beauty. Cuad Bioet. 2014;25:457-66 pubmed
    ..Also in this case, it is more correct to speak of post-beauty, which in its properties appears to be the mirror image of beauty and ultimately, represents its complete dissolution. ..
  18. Ofri D. Public health and the muse. J Public Health (Oxf). 2008;30:205-8 pubmed publisher
  19. Ojesjö L. [Alcoholism-a study by Carl von Linnes in "Nemesis Divina"]. Sven Med Tidskr. 2007;11:95-104 pubmed
    ..Hence, new insights can grow from different perspectives on complicated problems. ..
  20. Hrotic S. The evolution and extinction of science fiction. Public Underst Sci. 2014;23:996-1012 pubmed publisher
    ..However, such an analysis also suggests that genre science fiction as it was in the 20th century may no longer exist. ..
  21. Zhuo L. [Shushu (ancient Chinese numerology) in Lingshu: Gudu (Miraculous Pivot: Bone-Length Measurement)]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010;30:870-4 pubmed
  22. Rascovsky K, Growdon M, Pardo I, Grossman S, Miller B. 'The quicksand of forgetfulness': semantic dementia in One hundred years of solitude. Brain. 2009;132:2609-16 pubmed publisher
    ..The novel also provides an inspiring and human account of one town's fight against 'the quicksand of forgetfulness'. ..
  23. Krementsov N. Off with your heads: isolated organs in early Soviet science and fiction. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2009;40:87-100 pubmed publisher
    ..It contrasts the anguished ethical questions raised by the story with the public fascination for 'science that conquers death'. ..
  24. Szallasi A. [The 100-year-old periodical Nyugat and medicine]. Orv Hetil. 2008;149:951-5 pubmed publisher
  25. Langley E. Plagued by kindness: contagious sympathy in Shakespearean drama. Med Humanit. 2011;37:103-9 pubmed publisher
    ..This article situates Shakespearean literary texts within a precise historical and medical moment, considering how scientific conceptions contaminate dramatic text. ..
  26. Cohen M. Pathology and the humanities. Hum Pathol. 2008;39:1-2 pubmed
  27. Wang T, Tang Z, Zhang R, Li H, Chen Y, Lü L. [Health care and disease prevention in Jiujing Tu (Illustration of moxibustion) of the Dunhuang caves]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011;31:375-9 pubmed
  28. Zhang S. [Early morphological concepts of acupoint]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011;31:1127-30 pubmed
    ..Since locations of acupoints gradually fixed in later ages, which take proportional measurement as the main method, acupoint locating is also gradually divorced from their early concepts and practice. ..
  29. Holck P. [Spotted typhoid fever in the Iceland of the sagas?]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2011;131:2504-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The disease is caused by the faeces of infected lice, and leads to severe haemorrages in the skin and intestine. It also affects the central nervous system and has a high mortality rate. ..
  30. Poulakou Rebelakou E, Tsiamis C, Panteleakos L, Ploumpidis D. Lycanthropy in Byzantine times (AD 330-1453). Hist Psychiatry. 2009;20:468-79 pubmed
    ..More recently psychiatry has treated the phenomenon as a subject of medical inquiry and has again explained the condition in terms of mental disorder. ..
  31. Franz C, Lübbe A. [The meaning of symptoms in medicine using A. Solschenizyn's "The Cancer Ward" as an example]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2007;132:2762-7 pubmed
  32. McBride K, Fortenberry J. Heterosexual anal sexuality and anal sex behaviors: a review. J Sex Res. 2010;47:123-36 pubmed publisher
    ..This article reviews existing data on a range of heterosexual anal sex practices and provides conceptual and methodological recommendations for new research. ..
  33. Biley F. All this happened, more or less: thoughts on 'truth', the role of fiction and its potential application in mental health and psychiatric nursing research. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2009;16:919-26 pubmed publisher
  34. Persson E. [Thomas Campion--more musician than a physician]. Lakartidningen. 2008;105:1959-60 pubmed
  35. Wahlert L. The painful reunion : the remedicalization of homosexuality and the rise of the queer. J Bioeth Inq. 2012;9:261-75 pubmed publisher
    ..Collectively, my conclusions redefine our understandings of queer theory and queer politics as distinctively 1990s projects invested in the present to ones that purposefully aim to challenge the past. ..
  36. Lanska D. Optograms and criminology: science, news reporting, and fanciful novels. Prog Brain Res. 2013;205:55-84 pubmed publisher
  37. Sorensen J. From Cat's Cradle to Beat the Reaper: getting evidence-based treatments into practice in spite of ourselves. Addict Behav. 2011;36:597-600 pubmed publisher
    ..Several concrete steps can be taken to improve the magnitude and speed of change in the field. We cannot change human nature, but we can improve addiction treatment. ..
  38. Cribier B. The red face: art, history and medical representations. Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2011;138 Suppl 3:S172-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Rosacea is a conspicuous disease, since the lesions involve the central portion of the face.Among the many manifestations of rosacea, redness is the most characteristic [1]. ..
  39. Vickers N. Medical anthropology in Jane Austen's Emma. Clin Med (Lond). 2008;8:223-4 pubmed
  40. Holm Hadulla R, Roussel M, Hofmann F. Depression and creativity - the case of the German poet, scientist and statesman J. W. v. Goethe. J Affect Disord. 2010;127:43-9 pubmed publisher
    ..In line with modern empirical results Goethe's scientific and social activities and achievements were associated with personal well-being, but also with lack of poetic inspiration. ..
  41. Rütten T. Cholera in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Gesnerus. 2009;66:256-87 pubmed
    ..It is established that Thomas Mann's account of the cholera in Venice in his novella is characterised by a rare and almost preternatural insightfulness into an otherwise murky affair that was marked by rumours, speculations and denials. ..
  42. Dimsdale J. Sleep in Othello. J Clin Sleep Med. 2009;5:280-1 pubmed
    ..This paper examines sleep themes in Shakespeare's play Othello. The play indicates Shakespeare's astute eye for sleep deprivation, sexual parasomnias, and effects of stress and drugs on sleep...
  43. Heather S, Zeldes K. "Write a chapter and change the world". How the Boston Women's Health Book Collective transformed women's health then--and now. Am J Public Health. 2008;98:1741-5 pubmed publisher
  44. Czarny M, Faden R, Nolan M, Bodensiek E, Sugarman J. Medical and nursing students' television viewing habits: potential implications for bioethics. Am J Bioeth. 2008;8:1-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Television medical dramas may stimulate students to think about and discuss bioethical issues. ..
  45. Sperling C. [The discourse on mental disorders in the Hispanic short novel: Amado Nervo's case]. Asclepio. 2011;63:65-88 pubmed
    ..In some cases, the narrow limits of positivistic psychopathology are overcome in order to anticipate notions that obtain scientific status with modern psychology. ..
  46. Petersson C. [A lot of words surrounded by a lot of silence are needed]. Lakartidningen. 2008;105:2125-6 pubmed
  47. Zhao J. [Analysis of two needling techniques in terms of "reinforcing and reducing" and "symptomatic treatment"]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012;32:837-41 pubmed
    ..Concerning the quantification research of needling technique, the factors such as the situation of disease and the body constitution should be taken into account. ..
  48. Andrews A. Charles Dickens, social worker in his time. Soc Work. 2012;57:297-307 pubmed
    ..The focus is on developing a professional lens, changing social norms, and interpreting case studies across ecological systems. ..
  49. Ozcan N, Bilgin H, Eracar N. The use of expressive methods for developing empathic skills. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2011;32:131-6 pubmed publisher
    ..87 (SD = 20.40). The average score for empathic skill increased after the group (t = 3.996, p = .000). Results show that expressive methods are easier, more effective, and enjoyable processes in nursing training. ..
  50. Tarantelli C. "Till destruction sicken": the catastrophe of mind in Macbeth. Int J Psychoanal. 2010;91:1483-501 pubmed publisher
    ..The play's last soliloquy anticipates the final state, the repose of emptiness; it portrays a mind, emptied of emotion, looking at a world which it has denuded of meaning. ..
  51. Jiao L, Chi Z. [Clinical application of the theory of Qijie (pathways of qi) in thermal moxibustion]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010;30:759-62 pubmed
    ..Thus, an effective approach is created for treatment of intraorganism diseases in clinic. ..
  52. Garson J. Alexander Forbes, Walter Cannon, and science-based literature. Prog Brain Res. 2013;205:241-56 pubmed publisher
    ..Finally, it will consider the historical and philosophical value of deeper investigation of the literary productions of scientists. ..
  53. Olry R, Haines D. Historical and literary roots of Münchhausen syndromes: as intriguing as the syndromes themselves. Prog Brain Res. 2013;206:123-41 pubmed publisher
    ..This chapter examines the legitimacy of these terms in the light of historical and literary records and analyzes the synonyms or clinical types as found in medical publications. ..