Intima Archives | NON-FICTION - I


A Crippled Cassandra | Kelley Shinn | Fall 2013

When a doctor tells her she'll never have children after losing her legs at sixteen, a writer predicts a different outcome for her life.

Again | Randy Hale | SPRING 2015

The possibility of a second battle with illness leads to a different reaction from the first time

A Good Night Out | Tim Cunningham | SPRING 2014

An ER nurse struggles with the concept of compassion during a patient encounter.

A Life Less Terrifying: The Re-Visionary Lens of Illness | Ann Wallace | SPRING2016

What does it mean to look back, relocate our identity, and revise our story?

The Anatomy Lesson | Olivia DiLeonardo | SPRING 2016

A woman learns more than just anatomy when she visits a dissection lab.

An Unexpected Healer | Julia McGuinness | FALL 2014

At the intersection of medical training and a personal tragedy, a first year student unlocks a profound truth.

A Year With 'Susan' | Chris Cai | FALL 2014

Sometimes, says a public health student, developing a friendship has more impact than a lecture.

The Baby on the Bus | Nina Gaby | SPRING 2015

We never know how our actions may alter the course of a life. A psychiatric nurse reflects on duty, the death of a parent and coincidence.

Beauty | Ann Casapini | SPRING 2015

A veteran returns from war and must deal with an unseen enemy

Believing in Chinese Medicine | Lily Chan | FALL 2014

A medical student, raised on herbal remedies (banlengen and snake gallbladder extract to name a few), considers how an Eastern philosophy of healing has affected her clinical viewpoint today.

The Best There Is? | Barbara Pilvin | SPRING 2014

The conflicts and contradictions of living with a condition such as lymphedema.

The Bright Speck | Dixon Yang  | SPRING 2016

What happens when the only doctor a patient trusts is a medical student?

Cancer Diva | Marcia Butler | SPRING 2015

After years of performing, a concert musician takes center stage for reasons other than her skill.

Caretaker | Laura Hinton | FALL 2013

A woman grapples with a new role in her life, which challenges everything that came before it.

Christmas Day | Richard Sidlow | SPRING 2015

On an otherwise quiet day, a moment between a mother and child impacts everyone present

Constellations | Julia Sevy | SPRING 2015

If stars have a meaning, do tumors have a meaning too?

Chemo Chemistry | Mariel Z. Knight | SPRING 2016

Not exactly love at first sight: A leukemia patient falls for her oncologist.

Clinical Flashback | Osman Bhatty | FALL 2014

When should a doctor listen to a patient? Read and decide for yourself.

Coming Out of the Medical Closet | Angelica Recierdo | SPRING 2014

Courage is needed to face the unpredictable events that occur at a hospital.

Communion | Richard Chisolm | SPRING 2013

A television producer spends his 50th birthday in an unexpected setting. 

Cura Personalis | Lauren Boehm | SPRING 2013

Do you drink?

D/D | Maureen Hirthler | FALL 2014

A mother and a doctor daughter. A deathbed. Can Charles Barkley bring them together?

Death of an Old Farmer | M. Sophia Newman | FALL 2014

In a remote village in Ghana, a pre-med student struggles with the desire to "do no harm."

Dextrocardia | Gregory Fagan | FALL 2012

A heart condition leads to a change of heart about how to engage with illness.

Disclosure Day | Kathryn Cantrell | SPRING 2015

Every patient is a story, awaiting to be read

The Dragonslayer | Andrea Hansell | SPRING 2015

Personal and collective narratives coincide in this account of a husband's illness and death during the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing.

Dust | Mary Pan | SPRING 2016

Touch, patience, camaraderie: A physician learns the value of some vanishing skills in medicinein a rural Kenyan hospital.  

Eight Grown Children | Ann Casapini | SPRING 2015

If the truth hurts, do you still have to tell it?

Eight Months After A Suicide Attempt | Andrea Rosenhaft | SPRING 2015

The struggle to stay alive, like a splinter that eludes the tweezers

Emergency Care and Loss | Kristy Byrd | FALL 2012

A long night in the ER brings a pregnant patient into contact with a cast of characters.

Extended Bodies | Alli Morgan | FALL 2015

A patient-guided journey through the body's gains and losses during a prolonged illness.

Flying Into Jerusalem | Katherine Macfarlane | SPRING 2015

In pursuit of fertility, a law professor discovers there is no medical compass to guide her.

Fortitude and Patience | Jane Zhao | SPRING 2014

A sprained ankle leads to this meditation on walking, the fragility of the body, and the memory of a grandmother.

Ganpati's Garden | Nikhil Wadhwani | SPRING 2013

The nature of change is reflected in so many ways generation by generation, season by season.

Genealogy | Holly Schechter | FALL 2014

Of babies and Bubbies: When a new generation is on the horizon, we recall the past.

Gifts in a 24-hour Period | Alma Robles | FALL 2013

When families and cultures collide: a memoir about birthday presents, CT scans and chocolate.

Graduations | Nina Collins | FALL 2012

A daughter thinks about a secret her mother kept from her many years ago.

Hey Hey Hey Hey | Steve Street | SPRING 2014

A writer prepares to live in the face of death. 

How Quickly Do We Forget? | Zohar Lederman and Nicole Marcomini | SPRING 2013

Two doctors, two stories, one patient—many interpretations.

The ICU and You | Ann Etta Green | FALL 2013

Calls to return to the hospital, conflicting calls by doctors—confusion sometimes reigns, causing chaos.

ICU Man | Sarah Garvey | SPRING 2016

Lessons learned when the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit becomes a reflection of a bigger picture to see.

The Identification | Mari Georgeson | FALL 2015

A brief encounter leaves a lasting impression and raises questions for a Public Health professional.

Incompatible With Life | Sadaf Qureshi | FALL 2013

To live or to die? A med student discovers there is harmony, rather than a disparity, between the two.

The Journey Through the Forest | Lawrence Hergott | FALL 2012

A doctor muses about becoming a physician and the importance of courage in the face of every day care.

Last Dance | Ellen LaPointe | FALL 2014

Attending to a parent in the last years of her life is an emotional choreography of sorts.

The Lilac House | Sarah Gurley-Green | FALL 2012

The memory of a childhood sanctuary provides comfort through the trial of cancer. 

Medical Maze | Josephine Ensign | SPRING 2016

The physical sense of a hospital space impacts the experience of the patient and the practitioner. 

Medicine Versus Surgery | Khanjan Shah | SPRING 2014    

A medical resident reflects on the rivalry between medicine and surgery and the necessity for communication between healers.

The Memory Tree | Indu Voruganti | Spring 2014

A reflection on a creative expression workshop for individuals with early Alzheimer's and memory loss examines what it means to be a remembering being.

Miss July | Laurie Gunst | FALL 2012

As a woman grows older, she struggles to accept her changing body in a society that stigmatizes aging.

The Moral Matrix of Wartime Medicine | Jeffrey Brown | FALL 2015

A doctor in Vietnam makes choices rooted in humanity, instinct, and survival.

Ms.Johnson | Monique Hedmann | FALL 2012

As a woman ages, her stories remain as relevant as ever—especially for one who really listens.

My Father's Doctor | Jennifer Chianese | SPRING 2016

A father, a daughter, a doctor and the roller-coaster that is life.

The Myth of the White Coat | Allison Larson | SPRING 2016

The white coat offers no guarantees, and no protection.

My First Patient | Casey Means | FALL 2013

A difficult patient proves to be the best teacher: A medical student finds connection and meaning.

My Heart is In My Hands | Karen Jahn | SPRING 2015

A breathless patient and her cardiologist search for the language to reframe a complex medical history.

Narrative Mindfulness | Charles Paccione | FALL 2015

Through listening and attentiveness, a mental health provider advocates for improved communication.

Night River | Daniel Shalev | FALL 2015

How can I give that up? Becoming yourself by making choices, even while dying. 

Night Trip | Michael Geisser | FALL 2015

A writer with motor neuron disease reflects on his life and embodiment during an early morning trip to the bathroom.

The Note | Elizabeth Titus | SPRING 2013

A wife reflects on a note left by her husband's radiologist, and the complexities of end of life care. 

Notes From My Psychosis | Ashley Tauchert | SPRING 2015

An episode of psychosis leads to this meditation on the perception of reality and the various worlds we inhabit personally and professionally.

Of Birds and Mice | Nancy Stephan | SPRING 2013

A woman gains a new understanding of her young self when her cousin, inspired by his backyard denizens, broaches a long-buried subject.

On Call | Lainie Holman | FALL 2012

For an intern in a pediatric hospital, life and death are all in a day’s work

On Call | Sneha Mantri | FALL 2011

In the Cardiac Critical Care unit,  a doctor has a first real life experience with CPR.

On Elevators | Tarina Quraishi | SPRING 2015

A hospital volunteer reflects on how care and human connection are revealed on elevators.

On Schedule | Kate Swenson | FALL 2015

A girl grows, within her own time, to love the woman she is.

Open Heart, Open Book | Jennifer Stella | SPRING 2014

What's it like to scrub in on a case during cardiothoracic service? A doctor describes the revelations.

Over the Summer | Julia Hyman | SPRING 2013

During a break from college, a pre-med student learns what it's like to work at a teaching hospital.

Paint Blistered Doll | Thomas Gibbs | FALL 2013

A story told by a physician to his patient has a radioactive intensity.

Pandora's Box | Candice Carnes | FALL 2013

How do you talk about an affliction that everyone—doctors, friends, yourself—says doesn't exist?

Physician as Enabler | Vik Reddy | SPRING 2016

A surgeon reflects on the unintentional error of his ways.

The Power of a Handshake | Hugh Silk | SPRING 2015

Fist bump or strong grip? A doctor considers how a greeting may change a clinical encounter.

Precipice | Kelly Garriott Waite | SPRING 2016

Many challenges confront a patient, who experiences the anxiety of simultaneously confronting possible illness and navigating a procedurally-focused healthcare system. 

Premies | John Graham-Pole | SPRING 2016

Newborns, the most vulnerable being premature twins, generate a meditation about surviving the odds

The Quixotic Pursuit of Quality | Dean Schillinger | FALL 2015

A physician and patient reconcile their divergent views on the meaning of quality in healthcare.

Range of Vision | Catherine Klatzker | FALL 2013

A couple finds out their baby has persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV) in her left eye and takes steps to handle the challenge—for their daughter and themselves.

Resisting Breast Cancer Culture: Two Stories | Judith Cohen and Sarah Sutro | SPRING 2014

Two women, an artist and a writer, document their experiences without sentimentality and talk about why they don't use the term "survivor."

Resisting the Vortex: Thoughts on Narrative Medicine and Dying Well | Rebecca A. McAteer | FALL 2013

A doctor herself, the daughter of a doctor considers her own attitudes about end of life care as she reflects back on her mother's death.

Rounds | Susan Ito | FALL 2015

A return to Alta Bates Hospital triggers memories of pivotal moments in the life of a physical therapist.

See No Evil | Gillian Pidcock | SPRING 2013

What do you do when a parent isn't interested in the push toward health?

Sick, Lonely, Brave | Rachel Tanner | SPRING 2014

Dealing with illness is one of the loneliest battles you can face, but you are not alone.

Some Cream With My Cholesterol | Steven Lewis | SPRING 2016

Non-compliance: the word is profoundly close to "nonsense" in the dictionary and sometimes a bit of irreverence is the best medicine.

The Sunshine Chairs | Tim Cunningham | FALL 2015

An ebola stricken child teaches a nurse to see the light in dark places.

Tale of the Crying Girl Who Never Cries | Barbara Baglietto | FALL 2014

We pride ourselves on controlling our emotions, but what price do we pay when we do that? A clinician recounts a story that enlightens and instructs.

There Will Be No Problems | Tony Guerra | SPRING 2014

Three tiny lives to welcome into the world: A parent of triplets finds comfort in a doctor's statement.

To Shred, Or Not | Timothy Brennan | FALL 2013

What is a physician to do when caught between the competing values of confidentiality and the life of a patient? A specialist in addiction medicine struggles with this quandary.

Until You're Blue in the Face | Katie Kress | SPRING 2015

A woman navigates her recent diagnosis of PTSD through self-reflection.

"Wanna Play Doctor?" | Lauren Kascak | SPRING 2014

During a pre-med program in Ghana, a student questions her role in a medical mission.

Watching | Thom Schwarz| SPRING 2015

Family and caregiver know the end is near for a patient and witness it in different ways.

Wednesdays and Sundays | Susan Wigoda | SPRING 2014

A mother reflects on caring for her son after he was diagnosed with leukemia by recalling the Wednesdays and Sundays when she would change the dressing on his central line

What She Left Me | Ellis Avery | FALL 2015

Pain and Memory. A writer remembers her mother through the illness they share. 

What We See When We See Each Other | Catherine Klatzker | SPRING 2015

A woman is confronted with another side of herself as she seeks a new form of healing

Where the White Coat Hangs | Michelle Byrne | SPRING 2016

What are the true tasks of a physician in the burn unit? A student learns, quickly.

Who's Counting | Beth Leibson | SPRING 2016

A woman shares a new perspective on cancer cells as they intersect with her life.

"Why Don't They Just Call It That?" Conversations That Fail To Communicate | Pratyusha Yalamanchi | SPRING 2016

Sometimes, no matter how much time is spent explaining a procedure, doctors and patients find it hard to understand what the other is truly saying.

Without the Violence | Mercedes Frankl | | SPRING 2015

A doctor parallels her own personal narrative on love and health with those of her patients

Yom Kippur | Lisa Gruenberg | SPRING 2014

Remembering a father, recovering lost moments of history, through words and snapshots.