Comments from our readers

 

This journal builds bridges between providers and patients; it brings together nurses, doctors, and the full panoply of healthcare providers. What I like most about the journal is that it is as interesting to the experienced practitioner as it is accessible to the interested novice.
MD, Professor, University of Chicago

Fabulous! Great work—-this is much needed in the medical community and beyond!
RN, Chicago Women’s HIV Studies Consortium

This issue looks great. It is wonderful to see two students represented! Really impressive diversity! Thanks for all the hard work that went into this.
RN, Professor at UIC

What an amazing collection of a variety of interesting topics. Whatever your interest I am sure that you will find a number of topics that you would like to read. This is an amazing service to all of us. I would like to thank you all for your efforts in producing and, most of all, making this available to all of us free of charge. I know how much work goes to an effort like this.
MD, Professor of medicine, Toronto Western Hospital

Your journal deserves wider circulation. The articles are diverse, well-written, and edited. You have produced a first-rate journal for medical humanists.
MD, Professor of medical humanities, Stanford University

I am impressed by the volume and quality of its content. Hektoen International has definitely reached cruising altitude. I congratulate you on doing a great job. The feature stories and reflections are right on target. They make important points that stick in the mind and make me think outside the box.
MD, Sweden

I have neurofibromatosis, Type 2, and I am always looking for new venues in which to contribute my poems—especially venues like yours with a focused mission that sheds light on so many issues. It is so gratifying to me to know that this “art of narrative medicine” genre, if we can appropriately call it that, finally seems to be catching on. I can honestly say that I don’t know where I would be—were it not for the arts and the therapeutic benefits that they provide. I am sure that all of you there at Hektoen International are an oasis in the desert to many!
Reader and contributor

I have used writing, particularly essays and poetry, as a way to help me heal and continue to confront the daily debris of terminal disease—writing has brought me comfort, solace, and an open heart.
MD, Hospice and palliative medicine physician

This edition is excellent. I have already had positive feedback from a friend who has a loved one dying of pancreatic cancer. Many articles had meaning for her.
RN, Reader

Journals that bring medical professionals and professional humanists together can only help to humanize medicine. At the same time, it enriches the humanities by bringing practitioners of humanistic disciplines in contact with those who dedicate their lives to studying, and curing, the body and its ailments. Hektoen International Journal allows for precisely this type of interaction.
Humanities professor, DePaul University