The littoral zone is the tidal area along the shore. Like the emergency department it is a zone of great diversity and flux. The Littoral Medicine Blog is a space that captures emergency medicine’s stories, its complex voices and issues, for the purpose of deepening understanding, encouraging dialogue, and improving the care of the communities we serve.


The poet Stephen Dunn once said,“I think one of my early motivations for writing was that other people’s versions of experience didn’t gel with my own. It was a gesture toward sanity to try to get the world right for myself. I’ve since learned that if you get it right for yourself, it often has resonance for others.”

Our new blog, Littoral Medicine, lends itself to posts that reveal individual minds struggling to make sense of . . .  Read more

Call for submissions
The Littoral Medicine Blog is actively seeking submissions. A wide range of work in keeping with the blog’s mission will be considered, including narrative fiction and non-fiction, expository writing, commentary on current events, poetry and artwork. Prose should generally be kept to under 1000 words. Submissions must be original work that has not been published elsewhere. Authors retain all rights and may include physicians and other healthcare professionals as well as patients or family of patients. Patient confidentiality must be strictly maintained. Submissions may be sent to littoralmedicine@gmail.com and will be reviewed within one week.


Jay Baruch (@JBaruchMD) is Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as fiction writer, essayist, speaker, baffled participant in healthcare, and unabashed advocate for more creativity in medicine.

Nadine Himelfarb (@DinaHfarbMD) is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Clinical). A former classicist, her interests in medicine are medical education, medical history, and narrative in medical humanities.

Noah K. Rosenberg (@NRosenbergMD) is an emergency physician working in Rhode Island and clinical Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is also an occasional essayist, politics junkie and outdoor enthusiast.

In association with the Foundry for Arts & Humanities in Emergency Medicine.

All rights to material posted on this blog are retained exclusively by the author or artist and may not be reproduced in whole or part without written permission. Views expressed are the author’s own and posting does not imply endorsement by the editors or Brown University.

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