The Festive season has been busy and I haven’t been able to post the pictures I’d prepared last year, so here goes:
This image is called Fire in my Heart It represents the mystical association between poetry and medicine. The original X-ray was from a person with heart failure due to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Treatment for heart failure – which used to be called dropsy – with foxglove (Digitalis) is well known – another link between beauty and medicine. The image incorporates text which reads Fire in my Heart in red. coincidentally the last letter has the form of the Chinese character for big – dà see if you can spot it. Behind, and largely obscured by the rest of the image, is the first verse of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; “Awake, for morning in the bowl of night has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight, and lo! The hunter of the East has caught the sultan’s turret in a noose of light.” This resonates with the rising sun image in the background over the area of the heart on the X-ray.
I had fun producing this image, and it is a hopeful one after the darkness of many of the earlier images.