Past Issues | Hektoen International

From bedside to bench and beyond: the legacy of Dr. Eric G.L. Bywaters

Joshua D. Niforatos and Gregory W. Rutecki Cleveland Clinic, Ohio (Winter 2018)    E.G.L. Bywaters. University of British Columbia, Open Collections The historian John Lukacs, a contemporary of pioneering British physician Eric G. L. Bywaters (1910-2003), wrote in his book At the End of an Age that “the history of anything amounts to that thing itself.”1 Lukacs, […]

2014-2012 Poetry

Poetry Archives 2017-2015 | 2014-2012 | 2011-2009   Anonymous Medical limericks, Winter 2013 Glen P. Aylward The Therapist, Winter 2012 James O. Ballard December Fall, Spring 2012 Linda A. Mason Barber The Chair, Summer 2012 Catherine Belling At 38 Weeks, Wondering, Fall 2012 Eleonore Blaurock-Busch Memory – Grandpa Louis, Spring 2012 Jeanne Bryner Apple Tree – […]

Past Grand Prix winners

2018 Winners To be announced in early 2018   2017 Winners Volume 9, Issue 3 Grand Prix: Locked-in syndrome: inside the cocoon Anika Khan Silver Prize: The King’s-Evil… Adam S. Komorowski & Sang Ik Song   2016 Winners Volume 8, Issue 3 Grand Prix: Outwitting ‘Typhoid Mary’ Lisa Mullenneaux Silver Prize: “Dust Off” and the Power of… Robert B. Robeson […]

Grand Prix Submission Guidelines

The sixth Hektoen International Grand Prix Essay Competition will award three finalists for original essays relating to art, history, literature, education, personal narratives, and music as they relate to medicine, as well reports on famous physicians or hospitals.  Participants should look at the various sections of Hektorama to view topics of interest and examples of previously accepted articles. […]

Unlocking the secrets of a bohemian painting

Bernard Brabin Liverpool, England (Summer 2017)   The Deštná painting Oil on wood.  With permission (Photograph © National Gallery in Prague 2017, with permission) The image By an unknown artist, the Deštná painting in the National Gallery, Prague, depicts Madonna and Infant from a fifteenth  century perspective. The Madonna’s attention is directed to the child, […]

Volume 9, Issue 2 – Spring 2017

Volume 9, Issue 2 – Spring 2017 ISSN 2155-3017 Published in Chicago by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine Please click to subscribe to free e-journal In this issue we publish articles on three famous hospitals and three notable surgeons; on the disabilities of John Milton, Charles Darwin, and the Emperor Claudius; and on how art […]

Original Water Colors, Gallery

University of Illinois, College of Medicine Cook County Hospital Masonic Hospital, Chicago.

White Coats

Ken Williams Cambria, CA (Spring 2017)   Waiting White coats hustle by nurses of compassion their gentle, sideway smiles frozen combating war’s legacy Blood counts fall Platelets White cells Red cells M.I.A. Agent Orange rages Gulf War Syndrome Agent Orange, Blue other colors, deadly rainbow Burn off trash heaps pick our poison Plastic tubes stained […]

The blue pain

Shirali Raina Noida, India (Spring 2017)   Deliverance Photography and digital effects by Shirali Raina His black smudged, The white  blurred, Grey and only grey His shadowed world. Breathing in doubt, Breathing out dread. Angels in his heart, And demons in the head. His mind in tatters, Blue, blue the pain. Shunned and ragged, The […]


Volume 9, Issue 2 – Spring 2017 ISSN 2155-3017 Published in Chicago by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine Please click to subscribe to free e-journal In this issue, we highlight the winners of the Fifth Hektoen International Grand Prix Competition and the winning essay by Ms. Anika Khan; the winning brief essay from Adam S. […]