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Medicine

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...