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Medicine

The Team Of Researchers At The University Of Toronto Wh...

September 20, 2021

Fifty units of 'lletin' (Insulin Lilly) manufactured by Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, USA in 1923. (SSPL/Getty Images) Diabetes is a deadly disease if un...

Ancient Pimple Poppers: Acne Treatments Through The Yea...

September 18, 2021

A painful and probably ineffective acne treatment , circa 1700: the cauterization with brandy. (Pierre Barbier/Roger Viollet via Getty Images) It might seem l...

The Invention Of Aspirin

July 1, 2021

Aspirin tablets spilled from a bottle. (Chris Walton/South China Morning Post via Getty Images) Since 1899, aspirin has been touted as a wonder drug, but people have been using a natural form ...

Smallpox: The First Bioweapon

June 25, 2021

Smallpox is an extremely infectious and deadly disease, wiping out up to 30% of those unlucky enough to catch the virus. By the 1700s, people began figuring out how the disease spread an...

Chang And Eng: The Conjoined Twins Who Profited As 'Fre...

June 5, 2021

The Siamese twins, Chang and Eng. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Conjoined twins are exceedingly rare, thought to occur when a fer...

Birth Control Is Legalized In The U.S.A. In 1960

May 14, 2021

The contraceptive pill first became available in 1960. It uses synthetic female hormones to control fertility and became commercially viable. (SSPL/Getty Images) The mo...

Jonas Salk: Inventor Of The Polio Vaccine (Life, Bio, &...

March 28, 2021

Poliomyelitis, A.K.A. polio, is a viral infection which damages neurons, specifically motor neurons, weakening the infected's muscles and sometimes resulting...

Victorian Era: 30 Facts, Customs, And Traditions Of The...

December 2, 2020

The Victorian era was a time of contrarian ideals: They covered themselves completely but fetishized the female figure, they were obsessed with cleanliness but pr...

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome And How It Takes Over Your Lif...

September 2, 2020

The Sleeping Beauty - Fairy tale by French author, Charles Perrault: 12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703. The scene where the Prince appears to the Sleeping beauty ,a...

Agnodice: The First Female Doctor Who Disguised As A Ma...

May 18, 2020

Today, roughly equal numbers of men and women study medicine, but for centuries, women were prohibited from the practice. That didn't stop Agnodice, a Greek ...

San Francisco's 1904 Black Plague Scare (And How It Was...

May 14, 2020

South tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia Commons) The bubonic plague is one of the most catastrophic diseases to ev...

The Polio Epidemic: A Brief History Of The 20th Century...

April 26, 2020

(Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons) In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most debilitating diseases to rock the planet. The illness was easily spre...

How Every Pandemic In Human History Has Been Exactly Th...

April 11, 2020

From the Black Plague to the flu of 1918, global pandemics have been affecting the vast population Earth for thousands of years. This kind of global threat is a b...

How We Tried To Contain Major Pandemics Throughout Reco...

April 10, 2020

A nurse checking on a patient at the Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward during the influenza pandemic, Washington, D.C., circa 1918. (Harris & Ewing/Underwood Archiv...

The History Of Quarantine: How Individual Actions Stopp...

April 6, 2020

With many cities, states, and even countries issuing "stay at home" orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, now might be a good time to look back through history a...

Plague Masks: A Brief History Of The Strangest Medical ...

April 5, 2020

As if the Black Plague—the terrible pandemic of bubonic plague that decimated medieval Europe—wasn't terrifying enough all by itself, the "doctor" who showed...

Why Are There Helium Shortages Throughout History? We'r...

December 30, 2019

Hearing the sentence "There's a shortage of X" can invoke real fear, depending on what the X stands for. If you're on an airplane and there's a shortage of o...

The Elizabethan Era's Most Horrifying And Disgusting Re...

November 17, 2019

The Elizabethan era began on November 17, 1558, when Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne. The era is remembered as a time of beautiful clothing, luxurious h...

Baby Fae, A Baboon Heart, And Bioethics

November 11, 2019

On October 14, 1984, a tiny, premature, and the very sick baby was born in California. Although her birth certificate listed her name as Stephanie Fae Beauclair, she became kno...