Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: coins

  • The Hogmouths of Habsburg

    Craig Blackstone Bethesda, Maryland, United States   1670 Austrian 3 Kreuzer coin.[i] Image by Craig Blackstone. Coins are miniature works of art. Since portraits of prominent individuals have graced coins for millennia, images forged in precious metals in the distant past can represent disease even now. Indeed, the earliest artistic depictions of disorders such as…

  • Mingling medicine and medals

    Ira Rezak Stony Brook, New York, United States     Silver medal by Lewis Pingo (lefc), created for the London Society for the Resuscitation of Dying (The Royal Humane Society). The Latin inscription reads: “Perhaps the little spark may be enhanced.” When I was nine or ten, my grandfather gave me a Dutch two and…