Physicians of Note | Hektoen International

“Without dissent”: early black physicians in Alabama

A.J. Wright Birmingham, Alabama, United States (Spring 2018)   Burgess Scruggs 2 Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette 3 Hale Infirmary, Montgomery, Alabama 4 Halle Tanner Dillon 5 Alabama Medical Association Votes to Admit Negroes 1 There is a brief but interesting note in the July 1953 issue of the Journal of the National Medical Association, the official voice of the organization founded in […]

Arthur Conan Doyle and the romance of medicine

Michael D. Shulman Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Spring 2018)     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  For medical professionals devoted to good literature, Dr. (later Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle is a source of possessive pride. He is someone like them, a physician with the interests of a polymath and the creative sensibility of an artist. And […]

The education of Doctor Chekhov

Jack Coulehan Stony Brook, New York, United States (Winter 2018)   Chekov as a medical student October 1883. A fifth-year medical student at Moscow State University agonizes over his upcoming exam. “Woe is me!” he writes to his older brother, “I am forced to learn almost everything from the beginning… cadavers to be worked on, […]

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

Joshua D. Niforatos and Gregory W. Rutecki Cleveland, 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, influenced […]

Dr. Currier McEwen

Maria Stack Kinsella  St. Louis, MO (Winter 2018)   Iris, Modern Maturity Magazine, From the article “Love in Blooms,” by Eliot Tozer. Volume 32 Number 5. October-November 1989 Dr. Currier McEwen forgot about growing old. No invasion of senior moments were permitted to cross his mind. He was committed to his own intuitiveness and enjoyed the […]

The “English Hippocrates” and the disease of kings

Anne Jacobson Oak Park, Illinois (Fall 2017)   Portrait of Thomas Sydenham, Mary Beale, 1688 Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689) is known as “The English Hippocrates” because of his detailed physical examinations, painstaking record keeping, and attention to the treatment of illness.1  At a time when the medical profession espoused theory and systemization, his belief in the […]

Caleb Hillier Parry

Despite a successful medical practice in the once fashionable town of Bath, Caleb Parry would be largely forgotten were it not that in 1786 he reported on five cases of exophthalmic goiter. This was almost fifty years earlier than the better-known description by Robert Graves, leading to a later suggestion that Graves’ disease should really […]

How a bishop unwittingly kick-started the DNA revolution

William Kingston Dublin, Ireland (Spring 2017)   Ewald, Born, Heitler & Schrodinger 1943, outside 65 Merrion Square (then home of STP). Courtesy of DIAS. E. Schrodinger, 1955. Courtesy of the Irish Press. In 1943 a series of lectures was delivered in Trinity College, Dublin, which had profound scientific and medical consequences. Their title was What […]

Torsten Almén 1931-2016. Inventor of non-ionized contrast media.

Frank A. Wollheim  Lund, Sweden (Spring 2017)   Fig 1. Torsten Almén at work with his oboe. There were no signs of genius to impress us in any of the medical students at Lund in the fall of 1950, and certainly not in Torsten Almen. He seemed rather ordinary, somewhat shy and stuttering; and it […]

Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska: immigrant, physician, teacher

Cynthia Kramer Waianae, HI (Spring, 2017)   Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska was a female physician and teacher, at a time when women were not taken seriously in the field of medicine by their male counterparts. She served as head midwife at the Royal Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany,  then moved to the United States  and received […]