Intima Archives | NON-FICTION - M-Z by title
Machinery | Sean Murphy | SPRING 2017
When confronted with a loved one's cancer, we find ourselves (and our bodies) reacting in unpredictable ways.
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.
No One Gets Out Alive Anyway | Ellen Holtzman | SPRING 2017
A patient awaits a possible terminal diagnosis. This is her mantra.
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?
Patriotism, Tissue Paper, and Showers | Jeff Shearl | SPRING 2017
It helps to have a sense of humor when your illness is no laughing matter.
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.
Reap What We Sow | Janice Anderson | FALL 2016
A difficult birth helps a practitioner address tensions among the medical team and within herself.
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?
See One, Do One, Teach One | Lauren Gambill | SPRING 2017
Reflections on a simple, yet old-fashioned educational principle for becoming a physician.
Sick, Lonely, Brave | Rachel Tanner | SPRING 2014
Dealing with illness is one of the loneliest battles you can face, but you are not alone.
Soft Side Of The Tiger | Cheryl Shore | SPRING 2017
A mysterious memory changes a woman's life as she unravels her past.
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.
This Story | Melissa Rosato | FALL 2016
As dusk falls, a doctor and patient find a new path through the dark corridors of illness.
Tidepools | Jennifer Tsai | FALL 2016
Opening the body during surgery opens unusual associations.
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.
Two Minutes | Tim Cunningham | FALL 2016
The meaning of the moment, minute, hour on the life and death of a young boy and his nurse.
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.
Wind Tunnel | Kenneth Weinberg | SPRING 2017
A couple's denial astounds even the most seasoned ER physician.
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.