Category Physician

Vesalius at 500

This December signifies a milestone in the life of a man familiar to every physician, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564 CE). Born in current day Brussels, Vesalius educated himself throughout Europe under the auspicious theories set forth by Galen. Only by chance through war between France and Germany did Vesalius settle in Italy around 1537 CE. In […]

Offered without comment: “The Doctor”

Astrology in pre-Renaissance medicine

            At a time Michelangelo made history with his hammer and chisel, medical students shuffled into lectures. One student in particular was Jacopo Berengario da Carpi (1460-1530CE). In a recent publication co-authored by myself, the claim that astrology played a major role in medicine was promoted. This article serves to […]

Little Peter and his doctor

“Winter is coming.” Game of Thrones, a popular HBO program, incorporates this phrase into both its advertising and script with regularity. Insinuating impending danger, the audience [those unwilling to read the novels of George R. R. Martin] remains in suspense to the peril of winter in Westeros. Winter conjures thoughts of cold, desolate times in […]

Gershwin’s Final Overture

The sound of jazz music is a far cry from the synthesized pop music known well to millennials. Despite this departure from one of the most significant movements in American music, Jazz continues to hold a special place in the hearts of every American.