Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Moments in History—Vignettes

MAS Ahmed and Natasja Vandepitte
The incubator

Arpan K. Banerjee
The Royal Society of Medicine of London: A brief history

Peter H. Berczeller
Saul Farber on St. Helena

Craig Blackstone
The Hogmouths of Habsburg

Joseph deBettencourt
Stephen Hales: belief and blood pressure
Theo’s marvelous medicine

Parnreutai Chaiyasat
The death of King Mongkut

George Dunea
Isidor Snapper: A colorful but tyrannical chief
Edward Jenner and the dairymaid
Gerard van Swieten and his reforms
Healthcare for the popes
Hubris syndrome – a moment in history?
The death of Charles II
The last illness of King Edward VI (1537–1553)
Lord Moran’s secret
The fatal illness of Prince Albert
The last days of George Washington
William Pitt: father and son
King Henry VIII: More ailments than wives
Doctor bites policeman in Chicago religious dispute
The Emperor Maximilian II and his physicians
Charles VIII: the king who bumped his head
The gout of the Medici
Louis XIV and his ailments
John Calvin: his rule in Geneva and his many illnesses
The most loathsome disease of the emperor Galerius
Percussion of the chest: Leopold Auenbrugger
The philosopher’s dementia: Immanuel Kant
The ligament of Vaclav Treitz
Otto Kahler, Bence Jones, and multiple myeloma
Celiac disease, Areteus, and Samuel Gee
Pedanius Dioscorides: The first encyclopedia of plants and drugs
The public death of Prince Albert
Oliver Cromwell’s illnesses and death
Mary Tudor (“Bloody Mary”) 1516-1558
Francesco Antommarchi, the Malvolio of St. Helena
The death of King George II
The bullet in Garibaldi’s ankle
Michel de Montaigne in his circular library
Selman Waksman, “father of antibiotics” and conquest of tuberculosis
Robert the Bruce and leprosy
The mysterious illness of Christopher Columbus
The death of Pierleone da Spoletto FALL ’23
Announcing the Nobel Prize FALL ’23
Relieving pain by injection FALL ’23
Vespasian toilets new

George Dunea and James L. Franklin
From candles and swallowing swords to gastroscopy

Howard Fischer
Abraham Lincoln’s smallpox
The secret medical school in the Warsaw Ghetto
The surgeon’s photograph of the Loch Ness monster
Operation Pedro Pan: Saving Cuban children from communism
Tobacco: Dr. Monardes’ miracle cure FALL ’23
Women’s equality in the Viking era: The tooth tells the truth new
Jeremy Bentham: Dead but not gone new

Ronald S. Fishman
Washington and his spectacles

Julie Gianakon
Doctor Riker’s decision

Ludvig Hektoen
PDF Document A case of amebic dysentery
PDF Document Instantaneous death from air entering the uterine veins during a vaginal douche in the fourth month of pregnancy
PDF Document Embolism of the left coronary artery; sudden death
PDF Document Rare cardiac anomalies
PDF Document Our developing knowledge of gonorrhea and syphilis
PDF Document On a case of multiple foci of interstitial myocarditis in hereditary syphilis

Ludvig Hektoen and Beatrice R. Lovett
PDF Document Whooping cough

Ludvig Hektoen and Charlotte Johnson
PDF Document Prevention of diphtheria and scarlet fever in nurses

Ludvig Hektoen and George H. Weaver
PDF Document Experiments on the transmission of scarlet fever to monkeys

Susan Hurley
Physician: study thyself

Adam S. Komorowski and Sang Ik Song
The King’s-Evil and sensory experience in Richard Wiseman’s Severall Chirurgicall Treatises

Marshall A. Lichtman
Masters, Lindstrom, and decanal adventures
Deserving but unrecognized: the forty-first seat

James Mathew
Meeting of minds: when scientists and artists meet

Summer A. Niazi and Jack E. Riggs
“Gentlemen! This is no humbug.”

Avi Ohry
Pietro Metastasio (1698–1782) and Dr. Isaac Luzzatto FALL ’23
Limping into victory FALL ’23

Ceres Alhelí Otero Peniche
Because of their race

John Parascandola
The arsenic eaters of Styria

JMS Pearce
Hans Christian Andersen, James Young Simpson, and ether frolics

Roshan Radhakrishnan
Horace Wells

Ira L. Rezak
Mingling medicine and medals

Hansjörg Rothe
The mystical prophet and his Bride of Christ

Gregory W. Rutecki
Should primary hyperaldosteronism be renamed Litynski-Conn Syndrome?
Did Casimir Pulaski have 21-hydroxylase deficiency?

Brian Sharpless
Changing conceptions of the nightmare in medicine

Robert Siegel
The power of sound

Krzyś Stachak
Achilles and his famous tendon

Matthew Turner
Healer of the pharaohs: History’s first woman doctor

Jan Peter Verhave
A Norse and Dutch friendship

Frank Wollheim
A tale of two cities: Swedish roots of electrophoresis

A.J. Wright
What November may bring: the first 37 days of surgical anesthesia

Ether dome
Sir Frederick Treves, who operated on King Edward VII 
On the uncertainty of human affairs (Guicciardini)
The death of the Serenissima (1797)