National Poetry Month: Orhan Pamuk

“Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist who won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Although not technically a poet, Pamuk draws from many poetic sources—including traditional Turkish wedding liturgies—to create his evocative novels. His books deal with the conflict of identity between East and West, and often bring in artistic ideas of intertextuality, culture, and visual arts.Read More >


Looking for some last-minute summer reading?

If you're looking for some last-minute summer reading, Dr. Howe has some advice for you: “I am an insatiable reader, and one of my favorite bookstores to visit is New York City’s The Strand. Not only do they have 18 miles of books, they also have a manager there known as “The Oracle of the Strand.” Ben (The Oracle) has been managing the fiction section for almost 35 years, so he can help you find anything, and he can recommend anything.Read More >


Celebrate National Poetry Month with Philip Larkin

For National Poetry Month, we asked Dr. Howe to select a poem that has touched him. This was his reply: “The Trees” The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief.   Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they die too. Their yearly trick of looking new Is written down in rings of grain.Read More >


Head and Heart: Dr. Howe’s dermatology beginnings

“I went to medical school in southern California in the late 80s. This was during the first years of the AIDS crisis, before highly effective treatments for the disease were available. And no where was that tragic situation more evident than in dermatology. Because of their compromised immune systems, AIDS patients would come into the ER with florid, exaggerated versions of skin diseases which before would have been mere rashes.Read More >


Routine skin examination

Every adult should have their skin examined by a dermatologist once a year. “This is particularly important in those with a history of skin cancer, either personally or in their close relatives. The first Monday of May is deemed 'Melanoma Monday' by the American Academy of Dermatology. Free skin cancer screenings, performed by dermatologists, are organized throughout the country, and take place throughout the month.Patients may find a local screening through the Academy website.” — Dr.Read More >