Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: macular degeneration

  • The end of sight at the end of life

    Vincent de Luise  Physicians find it difficult to confront and accept end-of-life issues in their patients because their professional education and ethos inform them to do all they can do to treat disease and prolong life. This is particularly difficult for ophthalmologists, who for decades have proudly trumpeted their splendid victories over various causes of…

  • Waiting for the darkness to lift

    Sheila KlassNew York, New York, United States From early childhood I wanted to be a writer and tell stories. But Mama and Papa, impoverished and struggling to survive at the end of the Great Depression, scoffed at such ideas and insisted I should be enrolled in a commercial course so that I could have a…