Letter on Corpulence William Banting

When Dieting Was Only For Men

Today, we tend to assume dieting is for women, but in the 1860s, it was a masculine pursuit.
Nausea

Why Do We Get Nauseated?

The causes of nausea are almost too numerous to mention.
Keeley Cure ad

Inside a Nineteenth-Century Quest to End Addiction

In 1880, Dr. Leslie E. Keeley promised a cure for the disease of drunkenness. The community he developed influenced our understanding of treating addiction.
PMS

How PMS Became a Thing

“Is PMS Real?” It was the headline that launched a thousand hot takes—a bold statement by Frank Bures (a male author) ...
kid with food on floor

Sorry Kids, the 5-Second Rule is Bunk

The 5-second rule has been officially disproved.
Christopher Corr

Healing Art in Hospitals Today

As hospitals today continue to grow and expand, who is thinking about nurturing patients and visitors with healing art and beautification projects?
Chekov

What Doctors Can Learn From the Arts

What can doctors learn from the arts? Ask Anton Chekhov.
Yiddish Sex Manual

Risqué and Radical: Benzion Liber’s X-Rated Yiddish Sex Guide

In 1915, Dr. Benzion Liber published a book that described good sex, pregnancy, childbirth, masturbation, sex education, and venereal diseases…in Yiddish.

Do Reminders of Death Affect Reckless Driving?

Self-driving cars are meant to eliminate reckless driving. But can anything really stop motorists from making bad choices?
Carter and Children

How One Nightmarish Disease Was Eradicated

Guinea worm, scourge of the tropics, may be nearing its end.