Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: heart murmur

  • Ode to my stethoscope

    Hilton Koppe Lennox Head, Australia   Poet’s note My Littman stethoscope has accompanied me on my journey in medicine across five decades into premature medical retirement. It was definitely more difficult to lay down my stethoscope than it had been for me to recommend medical retirement to many of my patients. This poem includes a…

  • Saving hearts and art

    Maria Serratto-BenvenutoRiccardo BenvenutoChicago, Illinois, United States In 1960 a girl was born in the small commune of Mele, some 25 miles from Genoa. She had a heart murmur and her skin was blue. The doctors in Italy declared her condition inoperable, and according to the practice of the time she was confined to her bed.…