Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Lincoln

  • The patient who provided his own placebo and fully recovered

    Lawrence Climo Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States   Photo by Zach Lezniewicz¬†on Unsplash My elderly patient began his treatment by complaining about how his mother had behaved towards him in his boyhood. She had hurt him with her name-calling and humiliating insults, and these had apparently resulted in a lifetime of a negativism towards her. He…

  • The lost art and the hidden treasure

    Jennifer Bingham Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   It is the moment we catch ourselves wishing someone had mentioned how many pieces were in this puzzle that we look up to find progress. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels. The puzzle box is empty and the pieces are scattered across the table. After all, a puzzle was never meant…