Volume 10, Issue 2 – Spring 2018 ISSN 2155-3017

We invite you to participate in the Hektoen International Summer Essay Contest on the theme of Food and the Body. Please submit essays about food and drink as related to health and the body, using the lens of the humanities. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to: the history of food, famine, or drought in ancient or contemporary societies; food and body image as portrayed in art and literature; the ethics of healthcare pertaining to issues of diet and weight; or cultural perspectives on food, the body, and health. A prize of $2500 will be awarded for the winning essay and one of $800 for the runner-up. Essays should be no longer than 1600 words. The contest deadline is September 14, 2018 at 12pm Central Time; winners will be announced in the Winter 2019 issue of the journal.  Essays that are accepted for publication in the journal may also be available to readers before the January issue. Please visit our summer contest rules and submission guidelines for more details.


The Sixth Hektoen International Grand Prix essay competition received a record number of submissions and we thank our readers for the many wonderful articles they have sent. Out of over two hundred applicants, our contest judges selected the following winner, two runners up, and nine finalists who are highlighted below.



Tales from the crypt: the mosaic symbolism of Louis Pasteur’s tomb, by Dr. Abigail Cline



The education of Doctor Chekhov, by Dr. Jack Coulehan
“Mississsippi Appendectomy” and other stories: when silence is complicity, by Dr. Alida Rol


Honorable mentions

“I shouldn’t know you again if we did
meet:” Prosopagnosia
, by Dr. Sylvia Karasu

A hospital for sick children,
by Joseph deBettencourt

The basest of the senses: medical unease
with the sense of smell
, by Rebecca Shulman

Cultivating clinical compassion
with cultural encounters
, by Jeffrey Lee

The monarch, the musician, and the
medic, by Dr. Jesus Ramírez-Bermudez

Medical deafness or the madness of
war: Goya’s motivation
 by Sarah Bahr

Bugs and people: when epidemics change
, by Dr. Salvatore Mangione

Why ‘Nurse’ Grace Poole is the greatest
puzzle in Jane Eyre, by Sarah Wise

The unsexed woman: depictions of
 by Katherina Baranova