Published in Chicago by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine
Volume 1, Issue 2 – January 2009.
Emerging Infections: a Perpetual Challenge
David M. Moren, MD; Gregory K. Folkers, MS, MPH and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
This article was first published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 11, Nov. 2008.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and their determinants, have recently attracted substantial scientific and popular attention. HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, H5N1 avian influenza, and many other emerging diseases have either proved fatal or caused international alarm. More…
Art and Medicine
Medicine and Literature
AIDS Literature: A Cross Cultural Perspective
Clara Orban, Ph.D.
With the onset of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), gay writers in the United States wrote texts disparaging the political inertia when confronting the disease, almost as though the struggle to cure AIDS were an extension of the political struggle for gay rights. French authors are often less political and more philosophical in their constructions of gay identity. More…
SHORT STORY: “Crisis in the Air”
George Dunea, M.D.
Even the most experienced doctor might admit, if pressed, to at least a twinge of anxiety, or even a slight feeling of helplessness, when called to minister to a patient with preciously little else but his hands to rely on. Even up in an airplane, where many calls for doctors take place nowadays, the availability of a tank of oxygen, a defibrillator, and a few irrelevant drugs would hardly serve to assuage his feelings. More…
Nurses and the Humanities
In June 2008, the Hektoen Institute Nurses and Humanities group organized an art and healing study tour in France. A group of 27 women, mostly nurses, set out to embark on an eight-day journey in Paris, the City of Light, and its surrounding sites including Versailles, Chartres, Auvers-sur-Oise, Taize and Beaune in Burgundy. The articles below reflect various aspects and experiences of this pilgrimage.
Art & Healing Pilgrimage to France: The Art of Re-Imagining
Lynda Slimmer, RN, PhD
I am not an especially creative person. I am a doer; I get things done. I help others channel their creativity into realistic outcomes. However, I am that individual that theologian and ethicist, Richard Niebuhr describes as “a poet who creates by taking journeys.” More…
Nursing During the US Civil War: A Movement Toward the Professionalization of Nursing
Karen J. Egenes, RN, EdD
In April 1861, there was no organized medical corps or field hospital services. In addition, there was no provision for military nurses. At the time, there were no nursing schools, no “trained” nurses, and no nursing credentials. More…
Paper at the Chicago Literary Club Presented on April 7, 2008, by James L. Franklin, M.D.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Meditations on Sinistrality
It all began on the coldest morning of the season in early December 2006. Painters were still in our apartment putting the finishing touches on what had proven to be an all too prolonged renovation project. However—the end was now in sight, and I was dearly anticipating a return to normalcy. Rushing home with packages in both hands including hot soup purchased for a lunch I hoped to share with my wife, I tripped and fell crossing the street at the corner of Rush (ominously named) and Bellevue on Chicago’s near North Side. More…