My vertebrae, once stacked high, turned in to a pile like after a Maritime feast of discarded white calcified shells that used to be clam-tight and perfect at holding out the storms of  movements: up, down, twirl, twist and bends of life.

Blood and Thunder is an arts journal published by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

An endeavor to illustrate the College of Medicine's commitment to the humanities, the journal continues to be a creative outlet for the expression of thoughts and emotions associated with the healthcare experience.

It is the goal and purpose of Blood and Thunder to enhance the education of healthcare professionals through the exploration of art and to serve the community as a means for artistic expression.

"…aesthetic pleasure in the beautiful consists, to a large extent, in the fact that, when we enter the state of pure contemplation, we are raised for the moment above all willing, above all desires and cares; we are, so to speak, rid of ourselves." - Arthur Schopenhauer



  • The 2017 issue will be officially released at the Blood & Thunder Reception on October 26, 2017 at 5:30pm in room B3 of the Samis Education Center on the OUHSC campus in Oklahoma City, OK.

    • Come join us to reveal the newest issue, meet other contributors & donors, and view works on display.
    • You can also present your work during our newest tradition, the Post Reception Open Slam Extravaganza aka P.R.O.S.E.!
  • Highlights of past Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine journals may be viewed in our Online Gallery.
  • Submissions in Visual Arts, Poetry and Prose for the 2018 journal are now OPEN! Click here for further information.