Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: angel

  • Tobias and the Angel—Miracle or medical?

    Elizabeth Colledge Jacksonville, Florida, United States Admirers of Andrea del Verrocchio’s painting Tobias and the Angel (circa 1470–1475) may be unaware of the purpose of Tobias’s journey with the archangel Raphael. The Book of Tobit in the Apocrypha posits a story of love and not-so-miraculous healing in seventh century B.C. Nineveh. Tobit, a devout Hebrew, suffers…

  • Doctors as angels and devils

    Sally MetzlerChicago, Illinois, United States The Physician as god, angel, man, and devilFour colored engravings, 1609Johann Galle after Egbert van PanderenCollection of the Wellcome Institute, London These four colored engravings from 1609 by Johann Gelle after the design of Egbert van Panderen tell the waxing and waning reputation of the physician from the eye of…