Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Paradise Lost

  • Red right hand: Ectrodactyly as a metaphor

    Erin CrouchKatelyn McDonaldTacoma, Washington Hands make us human. We lend a hand, we put all hands on deck, we know things like the back of our hands. Hands show emotion, beauty, and grace. But as Tolstoy wrote, “What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.”1 Perfect hands do not make a…

  • Visualizing the paradise within

    Ashleigh FrayneAlberta, Canada Milton had been blind for seven years when he began to compose Paradise Lost; however, there is much evidence to suggest that Milton had struggled with his vision from an early age. This struggle had great influence on his writing. In Paradise Lost, Milton draws from his experiences with failing vision, blindness,…