Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: murder

  • A 130-year-old medical cold case: Who was Jack the Ripper?

    Kevin R. Loughlin Boston, Massachusetts, USA   As murder followed murder and mutilated bodies were discovered and described in the press, one can imagine the fear that swept the hardscrabble Whitechapel section of London in 1888. Populated with many immigrants, mostly from Eastern Europe and Russia, unemployment was rampant and tenements were found on most…

  • Medical murder

    Susan Jacob Australia   Archangel Michael reaching to save souls in purgatory, 17th century, Jacopo Vignali Medical murder or clinicide is defined by the psychiatrist Robert Kaplan as the “unnatural death of multiple patients in the course of treatment by a doctor.”1 Medical murder must be distinguished from euthanasia in that patients do not request the termination…

  • Choose your poison: The curious case of Dr. Waite

    Lisa Mullenneaux New York, NY, USA   Portrait of Arthur W. Waite With mahogany dining rooms, wall safes, a chauffeur’s lounge, and a curved façade designed to catch summer breezes off the Hudson River, Manhattan’s Colosseum apartments set a new standard of elegant living. Newlyweds Clara and Arthur W. Waite chose one of the deluxe full-floor,…