Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Fountain of Youth

  • Rapamycin: The “fountain of youth” from Easter Island?

    Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Moais at the Rano Raraku volcano quarry. Photo by Rivi, 2006, on Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0. “We know more about the movement of the celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” – Leonardo DaVinci   In November 1964, the Canadian naval vessel HMCS Cape Scott left Halifax, Nova Scotia, to…

  • Forever young: The history and promise of young blood therapeutics

    Kelly Chen Birmingham, Alabama, United States   Bestefaderens Erindringer (Grandfather’s Memories). Painted by Adolph Tidemand. 1865. Via Wikimedia. Public domain. Two mice waddle in unison. They eat together, drink together, and nest together. Their closeness is no act of nature—for on closer inspection a delicate line of sutures is seen connecting them from forelimb to…

  • The Fountain of Youth

    But O that I were young again And held her in my arms. — Yeats Since time immemorial, people in most countries of the world have looked for remedies to repair the ravages of time and make them young again. This has given rise to many tales about miraculous springs of water they could drink…