Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: olfactory dysfunction

  • The basest of the senses: medical unease with the sense of smell

    Rebecca Shulman Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States   “…the primitive organ of smell, the basest of the senses” – Patrick Suskind, Perfume   Paul Broca, who mapped the parts of the human brain involved in olfaction and argued that they had been supplanted by free will. For the past two centuries, the medical profession has had…