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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.

 

Winner

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

 

Runners-up

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
history
, by Dr. Salvatore Mangione

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

The unsexed woman: depictions of
women
 by Katherina Baranova