Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Doctors, Patients, & Diseases

A – J

Moustapha Abousamra
Physician, heal thyself

Lealani Mae Acosta
Good patient, good doctor
Beauty in breaking

Andria Albert
The man shackled on 4 Northwest

Saleh Aldasouqi
When the doctor is the patient

Heather Lynn Alva
Defined spaces

Peter Arnold
The loneliness of the long-living doctor

Henry Bair
Gifts of gratitude
Notes on a first abortion

Nimisha Bajaj
Letting go of logic

Andrew Bamji
My very own back pain

Anjan Banerjee
Uncertainty and clinical truths

Lara Bazelon
The middle finger: identity crisis in the emergency room

Susan M. Beck

Daniel Becker

Raymond Bellis
Compassion in the emergency room

Jeanne Bereiter

Canon Brodar
Learning about children

Rae Brown
I don’t know how it happened

Farrah Bui
Healing through laughter

Gail Burke
Medicine and trust, behind bars

Christopher H. Cameron
Winter race against time
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Lesley Campbell
Women changing medicine

Havi Carel
Breathless: philosophical lessons from respiratory illness

Elizabeth Cerceo
Notre Dame and gratitude
Burnout: Are we looking at it through the wrong lens?

George W. Christopher
Yes, I’m positive

Eric P. Cohen
Research subject

Erin Crouch and Katelyn McDonald
Red right hand: ectrodactyly as a metaphor

Michael Daley
Case of the authentic chest pain thought too good to be true

Jonathan Davidson
Herbert William Page and the railway spine controversy
The Bancroft doctors: Edward, Daniel, and Nathaniel

Rose A. Devasia
A silent birth

HP Dietz
The law of diminishing returns: biomedical research in trouble

Martin Duke
A fortunate man

Mel Ebeling
On becoming a disabled physician

John Brewer Eberly, Jr.
Fighting the long defeat
“Let the people see what I’ve seen”: beauty, suffering, and learning to see

Obinna Ejide
Health care in Nigeria

Liam Farrell
One thing we can’t live without

Howard Fischer
Humans with tails
The sixtieth anniversary of the “Battered Child Syndrome”
“Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease”
Forty years a watchdog: Sidney Wolfe, M.D. SPR ’24

Abram Gabriel
Intubation incarceration: a true tale of torture

Katrina Genuis
Death and new-doctor eyes

Vani Ghai
Questioning immunology and the soul

Ladan Golestaneh
Mrs. M’s refusal

Pavane L. Gorrepati
What’s hormones got to do with it? The medicalization of menopause in postwar America

John Graham-Pole
Poppy power

Kate Hawkes
Personal magic – creativity and Shamanic ways for wellbeing

Elena Hill
“Do I look gay to you?”

Ellen Hitt
Closed mouth, open heart

Richard P. Holm
A good bedside manner

Prasad Iyer
The oncologist’s mask

David Jeffrey
Montaigne’s Essays: emotions and empathy

D. Brendan Johnson
Furniture of bones

Lawrence H. Jones
What’s old is new again: quackery in the age of the Internet

Hannah Joyner
New life

K – P

Swetha Kannan
“You will be alright”

Susan Kaplan
Silent no more

Paul Karagiannis
My first (do no harm) patient

Parnita Kesar
A brief history of ulcerative colitis

Murad Moosa Khan
Which weighs upon the heart

T. Colin Killeen
Call me Sylvester!

Sheila Solomon Klass
Waiting for the darkness to lift

Lloyd W. Klein
When good doctors have bad outcomes: improving clinical practice in a results-oriented environment

Rachel H. Kowalsky
The Lawnmower

Julius Kremling
Why connection matters: Understanding patients’ illness by understanding their reality

Camille Kroll
Seeking medicalization: chronic illness without diagnosed disease

Howsikan Kugathasan
The color of organ markets

Calvin Kunin
Memories of a West Virginia coal camp

Jonathan D. Lewis
Jeremiah Kenoyer’s cancer cure

Monica Maalouf
The big question

Farrin A. Manian
The lesser of evils

Curtis E. Margo
Ernest A. Codman and the idea of medical accountability SPR ’24

William Marshall

Irene Martinez
The second chart

Stacey Maslow
Cloaked in white

Sally Mather, Chris Millard, and Ian Sabroe
Thriving in the face of uncertainty

Jean Jacob Mathews
The free diaper delivery and chat service

Lea Mendes
PEACH: Providing end of life care for the homeless

Atara Messinger
“The GBM in Room 9”: On the objectifying power of naming and diagnosing

Brandon Muncan
Wounded healer

Jacklyn Munn
Provider empathy: a patient’s tale

Ben Murnane
The patient writer: finding meaning in authorship and illness

Ajanta Naidu
A difficult conversation

Elie Najjar
A walk on the pediatric floor 

Bernardo Ng
Hispanic, Latin, Latino, Latina, or Latinx?

Ifediba Nzube
Medicine as we know it

Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos
PDF DocumentIs there meaning in suffering?

Rebecca Osborn
A dog like that

Charles Ethan Paccione
The healing art of listening

Anthony Papagiannis
Summer heat, crisis, and the glad game
Patients bearing gifts
The girl with the name of a flower
At the turning point
Medicine as handmaiden of technology
Aspects of distancing
Shaking hands
The treasure trove of memory 
Dialogues of comfort
Life is short and Art is long: Reflections on the first Hippocratic aphorism
Preparing for the unexpected
Brief encounters
Great expectations
Not-so-natural history 
Young, pretty, and not quite right
Doctor-patient reunions
Drama in brief
Once a professor…

J.M.S. Pearce
Patients and society: The big divide
Empathy or sympathy?
Physician associates and independent prescribers

Constance E. Putnam
Doctor’s daughter: reflections on a family’s role in a physician’s practice

R – Z

Jayant Radhakrishnan and Bangalore Jayaram
Orion H. Stuteville: a surgeon’s surgeon

Tuhina Raman

Goutham Rao
The unconscious eater – The modern glutton

Shruthi Ravishankar
Heartbreak in the nursery

Javishkar Reddy
The invisible manager

Ronald Rembert

Jack Riggs

Megan Rizer
Room 460

Alida Rol
“Mississipi Appendectomy” and other stories: When silence is complicity

Damiano Rondelli
People or numbers: healing and efficiency

Gregory Rose
The big sheepdog

Brianna Rossiter

Paul Rousseau
Wedding anniversary

Kate Rowland
A love story

Geoffrey Rubin, Mark Abrams, and D. Edmund Anstey
The Plague and physician burnout

Gregory W. Rutecki
Retirement reflections: from code to compassion with Chloe

Shrestha Saraf and Sudarshan Ramachandran
Homeopathy: medicine or placebo?

Aneesa Sataur
Pain and palpation: reading the body narrative with the osteopathic medical touch

Ami Schattner
From enigma to Jeremy

Christopher J. Schayer

Riley Scherr

Naomi Schlesinger, Gregory Maniatis, Ranita Sharma, and Boris D. Veysman
The diagnostic eclipse

Gautam Sen
Spirituality in medicine

Ariana Shaari
Dr. Arrieta’s lesson: Have we lost something in the gain?

Suchita Shah
Where doctors cannot reach: tales from a British High Street

Ahmad Shakeri and Howsikan Kugathasan
A wider science

Fergus Shanahan
Support players in the story of an illness – how to behave
Medicine’s pandemonium of paradoxes
Healing: A word that connects or separates patients from their doctors

Shreya Sharma
In sickness and in health: misogyny in medicine

William Shimp
The doctor becomes the patient: an internist’s journey from skepticism to gratitude

Rebecca M. Shulman
The Basest of the Senses

Shampa Sinha
Snakes and ladders

Bryan Sisk

Annabelle Slingerland
The Beetham Eye Institute at the Joslin Diabetes Center
Patients without borders: cardiac surgery, activism, and advocacy

Annabelle Slingerland and J. Wouter Jukema
The song of diabetes

Richard Sobel
Those golden years

Richard Sobel and Peggy Aylsworth
Mimetic disease

R.S. Steinberg
The last of the “just”

James Stoeller
Flyfishing and medicine

Brittany Suann
White Australia: How white healthcare has affected Indigenous Australians

Vigneshwar and Nivetha Subramanian
Healing in post-genocide Rwanda

Chris Sumberg
Quickly now, where does it hurt?

Gordon Sun
What could have been

Irene Switankowsky
PDF Document Honoring a Patient’s Inner Wisdom

Alexandria Szalanczy
On your doctor’s orders

Edward Tabor
A Hispanic amulet against disease in infants

Mark Tan
Painting an ICU

Jessica Tang
Beyond Medicine

Kathryn Taylor
The hypocrisy of the advice-giver

Kanani Titchen
Just like that

Carla Treloar
Reflections on the practice of treatment for drug dependence

Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe
For debate: Presents from patients
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: But to what end? SPR ’24

Yen-Hsiang Wang
A confession from a patient of atopic dermatitis

Dane Wanniarachige
Understanding and combatting ageism in healthcare

Simon Wein
A moonie

Caroline Wellbery

Jennifer Wineke
Decoding doctor-speak in the era of OpenNotes

Bharata Wingham
Warning: laughter can be hazardous to your illness

Singh Yadav
The impact of technology on healthcare

Andrew Yim
Pain management

Frank Yurasek
Mainstreaming acupuncture in Chicago

Wali Zahid
Health flash: humanize medicine, the time is now


Healing beyond the sterile chamber (Brody M. Fogelman)
The root of all problems (Anthony Papagiannis)
Passing sentence (Anthony Papagiannis) SPR ’24

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