My life as an intern
by Michael Natter, 2017 Rudin Fellow

Michael Natter | 2017 Rudin Fellow Michael Natter was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he was surrounded by many cultural influences growing up. He was innately drawn toward the visual arts and has been creating art since he could hold a crayon. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine, Michael developed a deep appreciation for medical physiology that sparked his interest in medicine. He studied studio art and neuropsychology at Skidmore College and [read more]

Theatrical Reading Gives Viewers New Perspective on 'End of Life'
by Stacy Bodziak

As agonized screams poured from the stage, it was evident to the audience that this was not a typical seminar. On Thursday, October 26, Theater of War Productions brought an innovative and emotionally charged project to NYU Langone Health. In a performance entitled “End of Life,” actors drew the audience into a world of suffering patients and conflicted caregivers through readings of ancient Greek tragedies- Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Women of Trachis. Led by Bryan Doerries, the project’s artistic director and [read more]

NYU Medical students visit the Mutter Museum

Early in the morning on October 7th, a Saturday so delightfully sunny and warm that it no doubt belonged to the extended summer of 2017, a contingent of NYU medical students boarded a packed southbound Amtrak train at Pennsylvania Station. Shepherded by second-year students Mackenzie Roof and Nishanth Iyengar, the co-leaders of the medical school’s History of Medicine Club, the enthusiastic group of 15 was headed to Philadelphia to visit the renowned Mutter Museum. The Museum was founded in the [read more]

Why Physicians Die by Suicide
by Dr. Michael F. Myers

  Dr. Michael F. Myers is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and a specialist in physician health. In April, he and his associate Carla Fine were invited to speak to a group of first and fourth year medical students, faculty and staff about physician suicide at a session of “Why Wellness Matters,” a para-curricular course in medical humanities at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Myers recently published “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: [read more]

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

Gabriel Redel-Traub interviews Dr. David Oshinsky Last month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine. He is the author of Bellevue:Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital and won the Pulitzer prize for his book Polio: An American Story. Gabriel Redel-Traub: Dr. Oshinsky, thanks so much for meeting with me. David Oshinsky: My pleasure. GRT: I really enjoyed reading your new [read more]

Lincoln in the Bardo in the Bardo
by Russell Teagarden

Russell Teagarden is an Editor of the NYU Literature Arts and Medicine Database and helped lead the Medical Humanities elective at the School of Medicine this past winter. In this blog post, he experiments with creating a text collage from recent reviews of George Saunders novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Author’s note: George Saunders is well known for his inventive and affecting short stories. Lincoln in the Bardo is his first novel, and as described by Charles Baxter in his [read more]

Reading Lolita in Residency
by Howard Trachtman, MD

Howard Trachtman, MD Department of Pediatrics NYU School of Medicine Throughout history, reading books has often been viewed with deep suspicion by figures in authority. The Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola collected and publically burned thousands of objects including books on February 7, 1497 in Florence, Italy, an infamous episode that has been recorded as the Bonfire of the Vanities. The books were condemned as temptations to sin. Russian dissidents put their lives on the line to gain access to books [read more]

The Knick
by Gregory Clark

“The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same” When I first watched The Knick two years ago, it seemed like a show about the past and the rapid pace of medical discoveries in the early days of modern medicine, before antibiotics, when patients were still brought into the hospital on an ambulance pulled by horses. When I watched the fictional Dr. Thackery using electricity for the first time in his operating room, I couldn’t help but sit back [read more]

Posthumous Portraiture Exhibit at the Folk Art Museum
by Gabriel Redel-Traub

There is something eerie about walking into the Folk Art Museum’s posthumous portraiture exhibit. The last line of the introductory panel to the exhibit reads: “We cannot help but hear them whisper ‘remember me.'” This sentiment rings true. The exhibit is split into three rooms and filled with portraits of apparently posthumous subjects. I say apparently, because to a 21st century viewer, nothing in these portraits would indicate that the subjects were dead at the time they were painted. Informative [read more]

Learning Empathy through Chekhov

Guy Glass, MD, MFA, Clinical Assistant Professor Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics Stony Brook School of Medicine I am a psychiatrist who writes plays and has several professional productions and published plays to my credit. Having recently earned an MFA in theater from Stony Brook University, I am now affiliated with the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. At both Stony Brook, and starting this fall at Drexel, [read more]

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