Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Category: Past Issues

  • Studying mummies and eggs: The delights of paleopathology

    Left: Statue of the pharaoh Mernephta Right: Mummy of Mernephta. Via Wikimedia. No known restrictions on publication. Paleopathology is the study of disease by using mummified and skeletal remains, documents, early books, paintings, sculptures, and coprolites. Earlier investigators such as Esper and Cuvier focused on non-human specimens, but later ones expanded their interests to humans.…

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  • Guidelines for the 2022 Medical Student Essay Contest

          Students currently enrolled in a medical school or program are encouraged to submit to Hektoen International’s 2022 Medical Student Essay Contest. Submissions will be reviewed by the Hektoen International Editorial Staff and a select group of contest judges who will determine the two winners of the following awards: Grand Prize: Single winner…

  • Spinach: The great myth

    Popeye the Sailor Man. © King Features Syndicate. Via Wikimedia. Even now, many people believe that spinach is an excellent source of iron and that Popeye the Sailor Man had superhuman strength because he feasted on it. Smart though uneducated, he was supposed to know how to solve difficult problems, and although he did not…

  • The pineal: seat of the soul

    JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Fig 1. Pineal gland The pineal for millennia had been a structure of mystery. In Ancient Egyptian culture, The Eye of Horus was a sign of prosperity and protection, often referred to as the third eye. In Ayurvedic physiology it corresponds to the sixth chakra—Ajna, located in the…

  • Volume 13 Special Issue – Fall 2021

    Hektoen International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Grand Prix Essay Competition. Winner: C. Louis Leipoldt: The polymath physician and literary giant, Stephen Marcus Finn Runner-Up: “Plague of the Sea, and the Spoyle of Mariners”—A brief history of fermented cabbage as antiscorbutic, Richard de Grijs   Honorable Mentions   Women surgeons, Moustapha…

  • Volume 13, Issue 4 – Fall 2021

    Please enjoy this selection of articles for fall. Hektoen International thanks all participants in our recent Grand Prix Essay contest. The winner will be announced in an upcoming issue.   Frontispiece The discoverers of aspirin, JMS Pearce The year gross anatomy faced the scalpel, Michael Denham The snake, the staff, and the healer, Simon Wein…

  • Volume 13, Issue 3 – Summer 2021

    We invite you to participate in the 2021 Hektoen Essay Competition honoring board member Mrs. Hella Mannheimer (1924-2020). Two prizes will be awarded: $5,000 for the winner and $2,500 for runner-up. Essays should be under 1,500 words. Deadline is September 15 at 12 pm (noon) CST. View guidelines here.   Frontispiece Knock, or The Triumph of Medicine,…

  • Guidelines for the 2021 Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition

    THE HEKTOEN INTERNATIONAL 2021 GRAND PRIX CLOSED SEPTEMBER 15th, 2021 AT 12PM (NOON).  We invite you to participate in the 2021 Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition in honor of Hektoen Institute Board Member Mrs. Hella Mannheimer (1924-2020). Two prizes will be awarded: $5,000 for the winner and $2,500 for the runner-up. Please read the instructions…

  • Volume 12, Issue 4 – Fall 2022

    Frontispiece Ghirlandaio: the portrait of an elderly man and young boy, Vincent P. de Luise Syndrome de Lasthénie de Ferjol, Krishna G. Badami Learning about children, Canon Brodar Samuel Mudd MD: Good Samaritan or conspirator?, Kevin R. Loughlin Women in medicine: the trial of Jacoba Felicie de Almania, Mariel Tishma Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and…