Soundings

Some things never change

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.634a (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:634
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen,County Armagh

    Who the deepest has thought loves what is most alive, Wide experience may well turn to what's best in youth, And the wise in the end will Often bow to the beautiful.--FRIEDRICH HOLDERLIN

    The eyes seem unfocused and the face is gaunt; sensing his pain is part of the experience. Comprehending Van Gogh's self portrait is not possible without knowledge of the suffering that racked his muse and drove him to self mutilation and suicide among the alien corn. Beethoven composing the delicate Eighth, knowing his deafness would never allow him to hear it performed; Karen Carpenter's voice dripping like golden honey over the airwaves while she …

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