Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Pekka Louhiala

  • THEME

    RUSSIAN LITERATURE Published in October, 2020 H E K T O R A M A   .     THE EDUCATION OF DOCTOR CHEKHOV       Chekhov was neither an academic star, nor a social standout. There were, however, two areas in which he excelled. The first was his ability to listen to patients…

  • Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world

    Pekka Louhiala Raimo Puustinen Finland   It is common knowledge that patients may exhibit improvement following an encounter in which no specific drugs or effective medications were prescribed. Indeed, even fictional doctors have often been depicted as knowing that their patients may require no active drugs and that their mere presence, their advice and encouragement,…

  • Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world

    Pekka Louhiala, D.Med.Sci., PhD Hjelt Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland¬† Raimo Puustinen, MD, PhD, FT School of Medicine, University of Tampere, Finland It is common knowledge that patients may exhibit improvement following an encounter in which no specific drugs or effective medications were prescribed. Indeed, even fictional doctors have often been depicted as knowing that…