Uniting Medicine with Culture

Hektoen International is a free online journal of medical humanities, its articles are first published in the appropriate Section, which is also the official publication date. The articles may later be featured in the quarterly Current Issue, in the Hektorama magazine, in Themes, and in the Social Media—for we think of our journal as a museum and its articles as its precious collection, to be exhibited again and again, like a Correggio or Titian, not archived and forgotten.

We also publicize our articles through email newsletters! Publishing online allows prompt publishing, gives access to a wider audience, and keeps pace with evolving technology. In an era of change and innovation, just as when the printing press of Guttenberg replaced the illuminated manuscripts of monks and scribes, it is truly exciting to be on the cusp of new developments and experiment with new forms of communication, but also to balance the modern with the traditional, and publish a serious journal of medical humanities.


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Press release July 2001:

Hektoen International, an online-only journal dedicated to the medical humanities, once again was named a recipient of an Apex Award of Excellence in the Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – electronic publications category. Hektoen International received this same accolade in 2020. The Apex Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts and have the annual competition for 33 years for publishers, editors, writers and designers.

Hektoen International debuted in 2008 and features more than 2,800 articles submitted by U.S. and international authors on medical humanities topics such as ethics, nursing, antiquity, neurology, surgery, psychiatry, end-of-life and hospitals of note. Hektoen International also presents content in a variety of formats including personal essays, book reviews, art essays/flashes, poetry, and vignettes.

Promoted as an interface of medicine, culture, and education, Hektoen International has a vast reach of more than 68,000 subscribers and averages more than 1 million on-line visitors a year. It also hosts two writing contests a year and added a new section in 2020, Hektorama, which is a re-curation of Hektoen International articles around topics such as epidemics and African-American history.

According to the journal’s founder and editor-in-chief Dr. George Dunea, “receiving our second APEX Award is quite fulfilling, knowing that our work is recognized outside of our subscribers and regular readers and is comparable to a number of outstanding digital offerings. It also provides an independent endorsement of the quality of the educational programming that the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research continues to offer.” Dr. Dunea is also the President and CEO of the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research. Other 2021 APEX award winners included:

  • AARP – The Magazine
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: COVID-19 and the Pathfinder Tool
  • Neurology Today
  • University of Glasgow:  COVID -10 in Inflammatory Disease
  • American Academy of Dermatology:  Dermatology World
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • The Rheumatologist