Author, poet, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht has observed that although medical advice even from 100 years ago can be wildly outmoded, expressions of love written two millennia ago can have deep resonance, creating what she calls a “clatter of recognition.” That, she says, is why she turns to art, not science, for answers to life’s most profound questions. This is part of a complete episode.
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