Past Issues - Hektoen International

Hemiplegic migraine, the monster

Ceres Alhelí Otero Peniche Mexico City, Mexico   Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell. Oil on canvas, c. 1831–1840. National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 1235. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. The authors of great literary works allow their readers to enter into the very precincts of their imaginations, leading them to the most fantastical places they could have […]

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Volume 15, Issue 1 – Winter 2023 ISSN 2155-3017 For information and announcements visit About   Students currently enrolled in a medical school or program are encouraged to submit to Hektoen International’s 2022 Medical Student Essay Contest—OPEN NOW. Winner receives $3,500, runner-up $2,500. Click here for more information. (Our general Grand Prix competition is currently […]

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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 […]

Fall 2022 Issue Mockup

Volume 14, Issue 4 – Fall 2022 ISSN 2155-3017 For information and announcements visit At a glance Frontispiece Diagnosing Mona Lisa, Howard Fischer The painting of the Good Samaritan in Bracciano Castle, Stephen Martin Entomophagy: History, global food shortage, and climate change, James L. Franklin Franz Liszt and Lisztomania, Elizabeth Colledge Ragging, P. Ravi Shankar […]

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, […]