Dr. Richard Selzer, who turned his experiences as a surgeon into
stories that "blended the gore, the beauty and the absurdity of modern
medicine," according to the New
York Times,died this week at the age of 87. The Database includes 44 annotations of his work. We invite you to explore them.
"While epic in nature, the novel offers two particular insights on the dementia experience. One centers on all the minute-by-minute struggles Alzheimer’s can thrust upon its sufferers and their caregivers. The other concerns the many forms denial can take and how they can manifest at different times during the course of an illness."
"The book provides important insights into the adoption of a foreign child, the birth mother, and the adopting parents, as well as adventure, entertainment, and a panoramic view of rural China in the last third of the 20th century..."
"A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the greatest and most influential literary works of the 20th century...we have in the character of Blanche Dubois a fully realized, perfectly convincing case study in psychopathology."
"After first meeting as college roommates, Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm make their way through college and then onto New York City to pursue career interests...What starts as a cluster of four eventually separates into an orbit of Willem, JB, and Malcolm around Jude at the center…Through a fractured narrative sprinkled with artfully-constructed subliminal hints, Yanagihara reveals Jude’s life before he arrived at college. "
"This book will long be a unique resource for students of the history of postgraduate medical education in the U.S. It will assist all of its readers to understand better how we got to where we are today."
"We go behind the scenes to consider the complexities of
transplantation, to explore some kind of peace with death, and to admire many
ways in which humans can find deep values in their lives but also deal with the
stresses of human love and modern life."
"Brooke demonstrated great versatility in his short career as a poet. There are striking poems on that intense moment of reflection when we see a scene as a stopped-moment, a transient still life distillation of the entire scene cum meditations on it "
"Jonathan Franzen tells the story of his father’s slow and inexorable decline from Alzheimer’s disease. His story is a familiar one, and one that millions of people can now tell: at first the initial odd behaviors and memory failures attributed to various causes other than dementia, then the diagnosis and medical interventions to stem the inevitable, and finally the inevitable."
"This memoir of a life in medicine takes the writer from St. Louis to a Navajo reservation to Central America to the east coast and from urban hospitals to ill-equipped rural clinics. It offers a wide range of reflections on encounters with patients that widen and deepen his sense of calling and understanding of what it means to do healing work."
"This is a collection of essays by (mostly British) artists, performers, and academics on the intersection between medicine and theater...the 'medical body' of the title refers to one that is ’acted upon’ by illness or disability and/or by the diagnostic and therapeutic activities of the medical profession..."
"Mosley gives us views of the dementia experience that should expand our empathy for people suffering from it. He also challenges us to think about how dementia should be treated and about processes for access to experimental drugs without regulatory oversight..."
"What makes this memoir so much more than an exercise in memory and a tribute to the herculean effort to write while sapped by cancer and its treatment, are the philosophical turns, the clear love of words and literature, and the poignancy of the writing..."