Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: psychopathology

  • Who is “Dr. Filth”?

    Howard FischerUppsala, Sweden Bob Dylan’s song “Desolation Row” (1965) is full of recognizable names, both real (Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Einstein) and fictional (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet). There is also a “Dr. Filth,” whose identity is a subject for discussion.1 He is introduced with the lyrics: Dr. Filth, he keeps his world/inside of a leather cup/But…

  • In search of Cassandra

    Charles Kels San Antonio, Texas, United States   Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan, 1898, depicts Troy burning in the background as the mythological figure prophesied. The De Morgan Foundation, Surrey, England. Public domain. “Psychiatrists are [not] always wrong with respect to future dangerousness, only most of the time.” – Barefoot v Estelle, 463 US 880…