Ars Medica <p><em>Ars Medica</em>&nbsp;is a biannual literary journal, started in 2004, that explores the interface between the arts and healing, and examines what makes medicine an art. <em>Ars Medica</em> remains one of a handful of medical literary journals in Canada and worldwide, in the rapidly developing international field of the humanities in healthcare.</p> <p><em>Ars Medica</em>&nbsp;allows a place for dialogue, meaning-making, and the representation of experiences of the body, health, wellness, and encounters with the medical system. Content includes narratives from patients and health care workers, medical history, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We also include sections on writing by and about children, and writing about international health. These are voices that are often silenced in healthcare.</p> Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing Press en-US Ars Medica Dis is Ability <p>Jon Williams, a 38-year-old artist with Down Syndrome, took up art after a nervous breakdown in 2015. His work has been well received and he has twice been the subject of a one-man exhibition at one of Trinidad and Tobago's most prestigious art galleries. His story is a testament to the value of parental love and reasonable expectations as regards self-discipline.</p> Jewel Fraser Copyright (c) 2020 Ars Medica 2020-02-12 2020-02-12 15 1 9 9 The Stranger / Deportation <p>Two images: The Stranger and Deportation.</p> Annie Weinstein Copyright (c) 2020 Ars Medica 2020-02-12 2020-02-12 15 1 2 2 Survivor's Debt <p>“Make a fist and hold it,” the friendly young nurse says to me as she pumps up the blood pressure cuff. It tightens around my bicep, and she slides a needle into my rising vein. When she does the same to my other arm, I smile up at her in her bright red scrubs realizing that the Red Cross staff members no longer say things like, “OK, you’ll feel a little sting” or ask if I’m ready. They know that I know the drill.</p><p>On the first anniversary of my brother David’s death, now nearly ten years ago, I decided to give blood for the first time at a local donation drive. David had been a doctor, and I figured he’d have appreciated my tribute.</p> Anne A Pinkerton Copyright (c) 2020 Ars Medica 2020-02-12 2020-02-12 15 1 8 8 Diagnosis Poetry Dan Ray Campion Copyright (c) 2020 Ars Medica 2020-01-28 2020-01-28 15 1 1 1 Shared Decision-Making and the Yellow Fever Vaccine <p>A girl born with central nervous system malformation is in the pediatric intensive care unit due to epilepsy. It is difficult to treat convulsions without sedating her. What can she feel? What can she hear? She is always asleep and her eyes remain closed. The parents are vulnerable, sad, desperate. In this story her life is told in a strange cadence of days until her first birthday, then the story concludes.</p> Patricia Cardoso Pastura Copyright (c) 2020 Ars Medica 2020-01-14 2020-01-14 15 1 3 3