Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: fertility

  • The history of fertility preservation in young people with cancer

    Terrence Stephenson London, England   Professor Hamish Wallace. Portrait by Harriet Selka, a former patient and childhood cancer survivor, 2022. Private collection. A whole cohort of cancer survivors owe both their lives and the conception of their children to a group of pediatric oncologists and colleagues from many disciplines spanning medicine, science, and the humanities.…

  • America’s Arab refugees: Vulnerability and health on the margins

    Richard ZhangNew Haven, Connecticut, United States Arab refugees, like others throughout history, have grappled with issues of somatic and mental health, cultural belonging, and fertility. Timely and eye-opening, Marcia Inhorn’s America’s Arab Refugees is the first anthropological book to focus on the aforementioned refugees and their barriers to health. This work is exemplary in its…

  • Historical contraception: birth control before “the pill”

    Emily R. W. Davidson Chapel Hill, United States Figure 1 Depiction of Al-Razi, 1250-1260 From Gerard of Cremona’s Recueil des traités de médecine   Since the advent of the birth control pill, birth control advocates claim that women’s control over their reproductive potential increased the proportion of women in the US workforce over the course…

  • Lost Babies: how a photosculpture is changing the etiquette of consolation

    Nancy Gershman The mother who loses her full-term baby goes home with the five stages of grief (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross), funeral home pamphlets, and a support group calendar. But the well-meaning friends and family who await her return have little if no experience with consolation. They will prattle on about how So and So lost her…