Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


A – J

Shameemah Abrahams
Neurologica – disorders of the dream world

MAS Ahmed and Ridhwan Bin Hassan
Epilepsy: from the early civilizations to modern days

Kelsey N. Andrews and Jack E. Riggs
Neurophobia or neuroavoidance: a student or educator issue?

Arpan K. Banerjee
Book review: How the Mind Changed: A Human History of Our Evolving Brain
Book review: The Story of the Brain in 10 1/2 Cells

David J. Bradbury-Squires

Jason Brandt
The amnesic jokester

Richard Brown and Thalia Garvock-de Montbrun
Broca’s Brains: A lesson in the importance of saving the history of neuroscience

Enrique Chaves-Carballo
Gonzalo R. Lafora: Spanish neuropsychologist and neuropathologist

Matimba Molly Chilala
Is a bigger brain better?

Bindu Desai
How will I change three buses to get to that hospital?

Colleen Donnelly
Oliver Sacks and seeing beyond synecdoche

George Dunea
Dementia paralytica
Charcot and his “grandes hysteriques”
Joseph Babinski of the Babinski Sign
Moritz Romberg
Sir Charles Symonds 1890-1978, the neurologist’s neurologist
Pierre Marie (1853-1940)
Kinnier Wilson
Parkinson’s disease, the enduring eponym
Jules Dejerine
Jean Cruveilhier – first described the lesions of multiple sclerosis
Encephalitis lethargica

Howard Fischer
Dr. Désiré-Magloire Bourneville: a man ahead of his time
Dr. Ugo Cerletti invents electroconvulsive therapy

James L. Franklin
Revisiting a medical classic
From “punch drunk” to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)

Jaleed Ahmed Gilani
The human brain: writer of our stories

Frederic Gilbert and Alexandre Wenger
Reading in the brain

Paula Hellal
Language difficulties in the child patient in Victorian Britain

Christopher C. Hemond
On not remembering faces

Rayda Aaishah Joomun
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

K – P

Sylvia Karasu
“I shouldn’t know you again if we did meet”: prosopagnosia

Anika Khan
Locked-in syndrome: inside the cocoon

Angelina Koh
Electroconvulsive therapy: Misunderstood, yet effective

Yvonne Kusiima
Carroll’s Wonderland

Bo Laestadius
Pascal’s disease

Karen Langer
Amnesia remembered

Catherine Lanser
Discovering migraines

Marshall Lichtman
Eye-brain-extremity coordination and enduring sports achievement 

Philip R. Liebson
Walter E. Dandy, one of the founders of neurosurgery

Helena Ljulj
Discovering genius: The neurobiological substrate of intelligence

Silvia Maina
The intricate forest of the neuron

Margaret Marcum
Oliver Sacks and caring for the whole person

Michael McColly
The brain is wider than the sky: integrating insights of neuroscience with Hatha Yoga

Gianfranco Natale and Paola Lenz
Pacini’s corpuscles and occult sciences

Faraze A. Niazi and Jack E. Riggs
Can behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia salvage Semmelweis?

JMS Pearce
Evolution from recapitulation theory to Neural Darwinism
William Alexander Hammond
Duchenne de Boulogne
William Richard Gowers MD, FRS
Gordon Morgan Holmes MD, FRS
Wilder Penfield
Epidemic encephalitis lethargica
Tendon reflex hammers
Origins of the knee jerk
Walter Russell Brain DM FRCP FRS (1895–1966) 
Sir Francis Walshe MD FRS 
William John Adie (1886–1935)
Howard H. Tooth CB, CMG, MD, FRCP
Derek Ernest Denny-Brown
Macdonald Critchley
John Hughlings Jackson
Multiple sclerosis: early descriptions
The migraine aura and royal astronomers 
A note on handedness
Edward Lear 
Franz Joseph Gall and phrenology
Theodor Meynert
Paul Pierre Broca
Robert Bentley Todd

JLW Thudichum: neglected “Father of neurochemistry”
Silas Weir Mitchell and causalgia
A note on Joseph Jules Dejerine (1849–1917)
The pineal: seat of the soul
Early surgery of meningocele
Henry Miller
Lumbar puncture
Wernicke-Korsakoff encephalopathy: A historical note
Huntington’s chorea
Luigi Rolando
The Neuron Doctrine: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi
François Magendie
Italy’s Lady of the Cells: Rita Levi-Montalcini
Robert Remak remembered SPR ’24
Quaerens and the Dreamy States SPR ’24

Christina Perri
Faith, neuroscience, and “the thorn” in Paul’s side: Abrahamic interpretations of epilepsy

J Rush Pierce

R – Z

Jack Riggs
Hammond, Lincoln, and the emergence of American neurology
Sir Victor Horsley’s fatal blind spot
Imagined conversation: The day Mitchell and Charcot met

Saty Satya-Murti
Ancient “achoo”: The photic sneeze response in Greek mythology

Saty Satya-Murti and Joseph Lockhart
Earliest instance of Alzheimer’s disease as defense in a 1924 homicide trial SPR ’24

Brent da Silva Russell
Somnambulance and other surprises

Terri Sinnott
A legacy of pain: heredity and migraines

Irene Switankowsky
PDF Document Emotional Competence as a Way of Disease Prevention

Isuri Upeksha Wimalasiri
Left-handedness: is it the winner’s curse?


Giddiness (WB Matthews)
A corpse with living eyes (Alexandre Dumas père)
Multiple [disseminated] sclerosis (Henry Miller)
The central nervous system of the leech
Staining the cells of the nervous system
Hemiplegic migraine, the monster (Ceres Alhelí Otero Peniche)