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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

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Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 10, Issue 4 (2014)

Humanities Full Text

POET'S PEN

The Death of Patroclus from Book XVI of The Iliad

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The Death of Patroclus from Book XVI of The Iliad. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal:.October 2014, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 262-262.

doi: https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-10-4-260

“Lie there, Patroclus! and with thee, the joy
Thy pride once promised, of subverting Troy;
The fancied scenes of Ilion wrapt in flames,
And thy soft pleasures served with captive dames.
Unthinking man! I fought those towers to free,
And guard that beauteous race from lords like thee:
But thou a prey to vultures shalt be made;
Thy own Achilles cannot lend thee aid;
Though much at parting that great chief might say,
And much enjoin thee, this important day.
‘Return not, my brave friend (perhaps he said),
Without the bloody arms of Hector dead.’
He spoke, Patroclus march’d, and thus he sped.”

 

—Homer/Alexander Pope, translator

 

Homer (c. 850 BCE) is the most famous poet of antiquity, and The Iliad is generally considered his masterpiece. Here is Alexander Pope’s (1688–1744) translation from Book XVI of Hector’s slaying of Patroclus, Achilles’ greatest friend. In it we hear an arrogant and contemptuous Hector degrading the dying warrior. Pope’s translation remains the best rendering of the poem in English. Samuel Johnson called it, “A performance which no age or nation could hope to equal.”

Poet’s Pen is edited by Houston Methodist Hospital pathologist Michael Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Lieberman has published five collections of poems and a novel, titled Never Surrender—Never Retreat, A Novel of Medical Politics in Texas. You can follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/michaelliebermanpoetwriter) and Tumblr (http://michaelwlieberman.tumblr.com/).