Author Archives: vflynn

About vflynn

I am a Senior at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri aspiring to be a physician. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, I came to Missouri to experience another region of the U.S. and in the past three years have gained strong ties to the community. In this blog, I will focus on reflections of medical visions in literature and contribute insights into contemporary issues and thought.

Holistic Experience

The Westminster Experience is one in which we can term holistic.  Everything about Westminster-the small, close knit community, the liberal arts education, the quad as freshmen, Greek life, club and organization involvement, lecture series, honor societies, small classes, relationships among … Continue reading

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The Art of Healing

The Art of Healing W.H. Auden (In Memoriam David Protetch, M.D.) Most patients believe dying is something they do, not their physician, that white-coated sage, never to be imagined naked or married. Begotten by one, I should know better. ‘Healing,’ … Continue reading

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WHIP Discovery Excites Researchers

Researchers at the Stevens Institues of Technology discovered the Werner Helicase Interacting Protein 1 (WHIP) while performing genetic investigations of the cell cycle.  WHIP is linked to progeria, or disease of premature aging at a young age.  It is specifically … Continue reading

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Healing Energy

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First Patient

This poem was written by a medical school student in honor of the donor who provided her with much in her Human Gross Anatomy class.   It is a beautiful tribute to a supporter who often is recognized but unthanked.  These donors, as … Continue reading

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Wit as a Disguise

The following is an excerpt from Margaret Edson’s award winning play, Wit: Vivian Bearing: So we have another instance of John Donne’s agile wit at work: not so much resolving the issues of life and God as reveling in their … Continue reading

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Art as Therapy

In the past few years, a new kind of therapy has come into fruition. Art Therapy.  There are a number of mediums, photographs, videos, music and singing, artwork, etc., that can be used as Art Therapy.  The concept behind Art … Continue reading

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