Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: immigration

  • Howard A. Knox and intelligence testing on Ellis Island

    Carine Tabak Kansas City, Kansas, United States   Interview during the mental examination of an immigrant on Ellis Island, conducted by two PHS officers and an interpreter. US National Library of Medicine Digital Collections.  Between 1892 to 1924, twelve million men, women, and children entered the United States through the Ellis Island Immigration Center, making…

  • The man shackled on 4 Northwest

    Andria Albert Tucson, Arizona, United States   Photo by Nikon Corporation on Unsplash. In one of the patient rooms tucked into the Northwest (NW) wing of the fourth floor of the hospital, there lay a particular man. Upon walking into his room, you would find nothing extraordinary about him. He is young, early thirties, with…

  • Operation Pedro Pan: Saving Cuban children from communism

    Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Cuban children in line to emigrate. Photo via DEFELIX on Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 4.0. In 1959, lawyer and revolutionary Fidel Castro (1926–2016) overthrew the corrupt, US-supported government of Fulgencio Batista, the dictator of Cuba. Castro promised reforms and democracy. However, early in his regime, members of the Batista government were…

  • A birth remembered

    F. Gonzalez-Crussi Chicago, Illinois, United States   Figure 1. The Birth of Benjamin and the Death of Rachel, by Francesco Furini (1600 or 1603–1646). Wellcome Collection. Public domain. Memory is to old age as presbyopia (far-sightedness) is to eyesight. Presbyopia makes you lose the ability to see clearly at a normal near working distance while…

  • History repeated: child abuse in the United States

    Joseph deBettencourt Chicago, Illinois, United States   U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct intake of illegal border crossers at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Q: Did you see any place for this child to sleep in? A: No, Sir, except in one corner. The child told me she slept up…

  • Ellis Island Hospital, from quarantine to freedom

     Ellis Island Hospital Overview. U.S. National Archives (12) Annabelle S. Slingerland Leiden, the Netherlands   The recent news and concerns about immigration into Europe and other parts of the world bring to mind similar events and fears prevailing in the years during which millions of people immigrated into the United States of America. During that…