On Friday, April 30th from 2-4pm EDT, specialists in medieval music Alkemie present a livestream performance of Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary featuring works by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that focus on her healing use of plants.
This should be a fantastic event, zoom notwithstanding!
For tickets and more information, see https://www.alkemie.org/verdantmedicine
The musical performance will be immediately followed by a roundtable conversation with the musicians and with three noted scholars, Dr. Victoria Sweet (Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine), Dr. Alisha Rankin (Panaceia’s Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany), and Dr. Minji Lee (“Woman’s Body In-Between: The Holy and Monstrous Womb in Medieval Medicine and Religion”) and moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell.
Created in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies, this musical event will include hand-made “Intersensory Program Cards” that pair Hildegard’s music, texts, and associated images with materials that audiences can literally smell, taste, touch, and hear. The cards will be mailed to audience members who register by April 22nd.
Dr. Sweet will be giving two talks, free and open to the public, the first a talk on Ethics, at 5:30 pm Central Time, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, and the second at 9 am, November 19, 2020, on Hildegard of Bingen and Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine. See below for Zoom details.
This was a very provocative interview; Kate Bowler has a tough story all her own, and that gave her a special insight into how important it is that our doctors treat us as–well, as humans.
It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Jauhar and especially to discuss the implications of his new book. How does all our new technology and new knowledge about the physical heart change our ideas about the heart as our core? Our “coeur”? Our source of feeling, of intuition?
See here for the discussion: https://archive.org/details/HeartToHeartSandeepJauhar
What can I say? Finally? Here it is at Number 13 for the Paperback NonFiction of the Los Angeles Times.
See this: god’s hotel cn
It has been three years since Oliver Sacks, my mentor and friend, died, and I’m happy to say that his sweet temperament and brilliant mind are being kept alive by many people, including Kate Edgar and Bill Hayes, who wrote this piece for the NYT. Marvelously, a beautiful animated film is being made of his life, for which a link can be found in the middle of the article. Sigh.
Take a look at this beautiful summary of the essence of the matter, by Albert Dolara MD, the cardiologist who first used the phrase “Slow Medicine,” published in SM Brazil, by Marco Bobbio MD. It begins:
“The well-educated professor Alberto Dolara, the one who first wrote an article using the term Slow medicine, starts his new paper on haste in medicine quoting the Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri. The poet synthetically expresses the negative effect of haste on every human action; even seven centuries ago hurrying up was seen as a hazard of spoiling the dignity of every action (Purgatory, Canto III, row 10-11):la fretta, che l’onestade ad ogn’atto dismaga (“the haste which mars the dignity of every act”).