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Marilyn McEntyre on One Crimson Thread by Micheal O’Siadhail

"This collection of 150 sonnets takes us through the journey from the writer’s wife’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s, eventually complicated by dementia and overmedication, to her death and his early days of grieving."

Jacalyn Duffin on Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood

"Atwood’s novel is a brilliant contribution to The Hogarth Shakespeare project, which invites contemporary authors to revisit plays by the Bard. .. The exercise of using literature in a prison will appeal to readers of this database who are interested in narrative and its power in unlikely settings."

Russell Teagarden on So Much For That by Lionel Shriver

"While the question of whether cost can be a factor in health care decisions is the primary concern in the novel, Shriver also concentrates on the illness experience."

Jacalyn Duffin on Patiently Waiting For… by Jeffrey Nisker

"Told in first person through two voices – Ruth’s and the doctor’s—this essay introduces a feisty, creative woman, capable of love and cruelty, caught in her plight of disability and the social shame of health care cutbacks and inequities."

Shawn Thomas on Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

"In this most recent biography, Isaacson takes us through the life and times of Leonardo, highlighting milestones of his career, while also underscoring some of the seemingly trivial habits that were signatures of Leonardo’s personality and worldview."

Sebastian Galbo on Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee

"While Coetzee’s novel does not directly explore overt themes of medicine and medical ethics, his narrative posits an abstract allegory that draws parallels between the human body and the body politic, human wellness and the health of society, human survival and the emaciation of the State."

Michael Natter on Stitches by David Small

"Stitches is a beautifully crafted graphic novel by award winning writer and illustrator David Small. The memoir chronicles Smalls’ life with chronic illness, focusing on his experience as a child and adolescent with cancer in the setting of an abusive upbringing."

Albert Howard Carter on Slow Medicine: The Way of Healing by Victoria Sweet

"Victoria Sweet describes her training in medical school, residency, and work in various clinics and hospitals. From all of these she forms her own sense of what medical care should include: “Slow Medicine” that uses, ironically, the best aspects of today’s “Fast” medicine."

Cortney Davis on Mandatory Evacuation Zone by Felice Aull

"Felice Aull has gathered 63 beautifully crafted poems in which she examines the intricacies of language and loss, of grief and healing."

Mark Clark on Letters from Limbo by Jeanne Marie Beaumont

"This collection of poems is a memoir in verse: it is a lyric and epistolary exploration of what it is to live in the limbo of an emotional and psychological ambiguity whose genesis lies in maternal loss, mourning, depression, and despair."

Gabriel Redel-Traub on Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

"Oshinsky’s affection for Bellevue as an institution, for its physicians and for its hallowed place in the history of New York City shines throughout making the book both exciting and relevant for the modern reader."

Total Database Contents

  • 175 Visual Art Annotations
  • 2748 Literature Annotations
  • 260 Performing Art Annotations
  • 97 Artists
  • 1749 Authors
  • 149 Keywords