The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The City: Philadelphia #9


Original Caption:

Philadelphia -- Once an exclusively male province, the profession of healing is being invaded by increasing numbers of women. "Lady Doctors" are no longer a novelty and some women already have become outstanding medicos. Here you see advanced students at the Women's Medical College lining the operating room and balcony to watch Dr. Chloe Fry, resident surgeon in Gynecology perform an operation. Enrollment at the college has risen 33% in the past few years, showing an increase by women in medicine throughout the country. (1946)

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