Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Personal Narratives

A – J

Bebeyi Grace Abiodun
Self-esteem and skin diseases

Susan Anderson
Waiting for results

Ashley Austin
Win or lose

Niyi Awofeso
Disciplinary architecture: prison design and prisoners’health

Kate Baggott
How to treat a broken heart: an instruction guide

Aaron Berkowitz
The disease you do not see

Sarah Bigham
Is it legal yet?

William D. Black
On being a spousal caregiver

Merle Borg
Dangerous inheritance

Mara Buck
A year in oblivion – an artistic journey

Nishitha Bujala
A moment of philosophy

Eli Cannon
Down a rabbit hole

Laura Claridge
My second birthday—or date to die?

Berklee Cohen
Appendicitis: a teenager’s perspective

Simon Cohen
Fifty years on an Englishman recalls Cook County Hospital

Jack Coulehan
Alabama and the healing of memories

Jean Cozier
Healing hidden wounds: a personal perspective

Tereza Crvenkovic
Letter to my body

Theresa Danna
Living with incidental cyberchondria

Gian Battista Danzi
An illuminating experience in my practice

Fredna DeCarlo
Life of a blanket in the medical center

Ruth Deming
Sugar High and Low

Emily Dieckman
Cancer class

Olga Diganchina

Martin Duke
Distant memories of medical school – 1950–1954

Eli Ehrenpreis
Morris Blechstein steps away SPR ’24

Michael Ellman
The story of a scar 

Sona Engingan
Identity and service

Alun Evans
The night the troubles erupted in Belfast

Maia Evrona
Immigrating to the in-between

Jeanne Farnan
Rethinking the impulse to empathize: A sister’s perspective on sympathy and stigma

Liam Farrell
Go to work on an egg
Transient pleasure, prolonged pain

Howard Fischer
Early lessons

Catalina Florina Florescu
Rehearsing lines

Kirsten Fogg
Trauma vicariously: A writer’s madness

David Foster
Laughter is not the best medicine

Yong Wei Gabriel
Daniel’s clock

Andrew Gallagher
When a medical student becomes a patient

Dean Gianakos
My mother and Proust

Denis Gill
Big Hugh

Megan Giller
An autoimmune love story

Jessica Gregg
A good mother

Menachem Hanani
The cab driver

Margot Hedlin

Joseph Hodapp
The names of things

Sarah Howard
The ghosts of yesteryear

Angela Hyde
Passing on compassion

Ochiche Nnenna Ijeoma
Pitch Dark

Jaimee Leigh Joroff
The Show and Tell Prelude: Futility in the nursing home

Mary Jumbelic
On the way to school

K – P

Amitha Kalaichandran
Death and the diaspora

Laurel Kamada
One year infirmed in USA & Japan: differing practices in stroke rehabilitation

Biji T. Kurien
Sizzlingly Personalized Aesculapian Medicine (SPAM) E-mails
A memorable patient

Janaka Lagoo
Unpacking empathy

Ana Liang
I’m sorry to hear that

Laura Loertscher
Something red

Grace Lucas
Body matters

Lisa Lunney
The birth and death of the day

Phillipa Malpas
How do you say goodbye?

Farrin A. Manian
Who do I look like?

Matko Marusic
Children do not die

Torree McGowan

Irene Aluen Metzner & Glenn Youngkrantz
The door to recovery

Amy Millios
String of hearts

Cyndy Muscatel
In full retreat

Ellen O’Connor
Happy Birthday

Gregory O’Gara
Metaphor, memory, and my grandmother’s hands

Danielle Ofri
Found in translation?
The pastor’s son

Dannie Ong
To all the books that saved my life

Anthony Papagiannis
Easy come, easy go
A lesson in physiology

Maeve Pascoe
Synesthesia, empathy, and the “art” of medicine

Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe
Life and death of a dog

Paul Perilli
Last Chemo

Barry Perlman
Revising my bargain with the deity

Diana Pi
The girl on the gurney

Ronald Pies
Each day is magnified

Ivan Barry Pless
Ronnie’s gifts

Michelle Ponder
In translation

Bhupesh Prusty
A forbidden truth

R – Z

Pritham Raj
You say you want a revolution?

Nestor Ramirez-Lopez
My little old lady

Pranita Rao
The tortoise and the hare: a pandemic perspective

Ammar Saad
The bulletproof doctor

Kit Sanderson
Sanderson’s Thumb and the end of an eponymous era? 

Andrew C. Schroeder
Night shift

Peter de Schweinitz
Praying with Marvin

Mary T. Shannon
Reconstructing a self: early trauma and the healing power of narrative

Bryanne Standifer
The seeds of resilience

Darcy H. Sternberg
When there’s no plug to pull

Ethan Sellers
Mist walkers
Elephant hide

Gurbaksh Shergill
Pink Skies

Bryan Sisk
A lasting effect

Meg Smith
The privilege of memory loss

Thanuja Subramaniam
Cancer warrior

Edward Tabor
The night the emergency room staff vanished

Shaista Tayabali
Dances with wolves

David G. Thoele
The boy with two dads

Anjali Vidya Varma
Protecting a child’s true essence

Boris D. Veysman
Following orders

Daly Walker
Phantom Pains

Amy D. Webb
An evolving journey: writing as healing art
Opening the body, opening to peace

Katherine White
The last picture show

Megan Winkelman
For you, I want to be more

Daniel Enjay Wong
Restraint: a foot-binding story

Matthew Wooten
Your worst experience with a physician

Meredith Wright
Family encounters with pathogens 100 years apart

Xinxin Wu
The art of war and medicine

Jonathan Xian
Lost in translation

Karen Youso
We Love the Garden, It is Heaven, But We Cannot Stay

Larry Zaroff
Gregor goes to the doctor
No bag lady
Catching the edge
Learning Compassion – Learning Forgiveness


A belated reunion (George Dunea)