Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Lawren Vandevrede

  • A window on iatrogenesis

    Norm Lieska Chicago, Illinois, United States   The medical school journey is a roadway lined with many mileposts. These appear suddenly and pass quickly—in laboratories, lecture halls, clinics, and patient rooms. Often the travelers are not even aware that they have passed a milepost in the fogs of their arduous journey. We who attempt to…

  • Tense

    Lawren VandeVrede Chicago, Illinois,  United States I stand in a room where over half of the people are dead. Students stand like vultures over corpses barely identifiable as human. Lieska stalks like a reaper between the tables culling fascia and fat. But death is not present in the room. Death has come and done his grisly…