Welcome to IRIS, UNC School of Medicine's online literary and arts magazine!
A Message from Dr. Holt
The iris is a surprisingly hardy plant: I have seen them lie dormant for decades, and still retain in their roots the capacity to bloom. This Iris you have in front of you comes from similar stock, back in circulation after nearly a ten years’ hiatus. The form is new—exclusively on-line now—and for that reason the range of offerings on display is far more diverse than print could ever offer. Which is an unqualified good in this case, because the range of talents people bring to the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina is as surprising as the iris itself: the abilities showcased here may have lain dormant as their possessor’s time was given over to learning medicine, to patient care, to teaching, research, or the many other occupations that consume our days. But give them the right conditions—a little exposure, a place in the sun—and these artists show us they retain their capacity to reveal the world in ways we haven’t seen it before, from the unique perspective that life and work in healthcare offers, with eyes and ears attuned to nuance, and with the abiding, humane values that have always lain at the heart of medicine.
I am proud to have had any role at all in this edition (limited to offering some advice at the beginning, and approval here at the end), but the real congratulations here belong to the editorial staff, who have shown a precocious talent for raising the dead.
Enjoy this new incarnation of Iris, and look for new work at this URL in the future.
Terrence Holt MD
Department of Social Medicine and Division of Geriatric Medicine