Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Amaryllidaceae

  • Onions: Soup, medicine, and crocodile tears

    What should well-educated persons be expected to know about onions? They have probably eaten them since childhood, or perhaps had to help their mothers in the kitchen and shed crocodile tears even though they did not feel particularly sad. If chemically inclined they might have wondered what ingredient was responsible for their tears. They may…