Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton

  • Doctor Riker’s decision

    Julie GianakonPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States On the frigid Christmas night of 1776, Dr. John Riker was alarmed by the baying of dogs outside his New Jersey home. He went out into the darkness and discovered that the cause of the commotion was a regiment of armed men. Assuming they belonged to the British army, he angrily ordered…