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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.



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


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
, by Dr. Jesus Ramírez-Bermudez
Medical deafness or the madness of
war: Goya’s motivation…
, by Sarah Bahr
Bugs and people: when epidemics change
, by Dr. Salvatore Mangione
Why ‘Nurse’ Grace Poole is the greatest
puzzle in Jane Eyre
, by Sarah Wise
The unsexed woman: depictions of
, by Katherina Baranova