Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: potato

  • Food as medicine

    Keerthi Gondy Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States   Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. from Pexels In my family, food is the language of love. A warm meal is the way we say “I love you.” Whenever I get sick, my mother prepares a pot of spicy turmeric soup and honey lemon tea. When my brother threw a game-winning strike…

  • The tuber that changed the world: a brief history of the potato

    Jennifer Musgrave Bloomington, Indiana, United States   “This unassuming tuber held within itself the ability to sustain life and, in its absence, take life away.” When Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492, he did not know that potatoes even existed. But the Columbian voyages to the Americas would initiate a domino effect allowing this unassuming…