Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: inhaler

  • Silent no more

    Susan KaplanChicago, Illinois, United States I hear a cough in the dark. Like all mothers, I am exquisitely attuned to any sound from my children in the middle of the night. A few more coughs. Silence. More coughing. I get out of bed and go into Benji’s room to check on him. The cough has…

  • Breathless: philosophical lessons from respiratory illness

    Havi CarelUnited Kingdom It is 12:28. I have just parked my car in a lucky empty space just outside my office. I have a meeting at 12:30. I am texting with one hand and feeling for my inhaler in my coat pocket with the other. I pull the inhaler out, place it in my mouth,…