Cultural explanations for alcoholism have changed significantly throughout the years, sometimes blaming social problems, sometimes psychological.
“Little Mothers’ Leagues,” a program started by Dr. S. Josephine Baker at the turn of the last century, taught school-age girls to care for babies.
Doctors were talking about the dangers of chronic stress, exhaustion, and anxiety back in 1909, predicting dire consequences if the symptoms were ignored.
The bacterium that causes the plague emerged relatively recently, as bacterium go. And yet the pandemics it's created have altered the world.
A Curious Reader asks: Am I really at a higher risk of getting sick on an airplane?
In the early days of fertility treatments, some doctors theorized that women’s unconscious hatred of their husbands kept them from conceiving.
As drones become normalized, companies like Zipline are using them to deliver life-saving medicines to faraway places.
There’s always been some fuzziness in our distinctions between medicine and recreational drugs. Just look at nitrous oxide.
In the 19th century, England's working classes frequently used opium. But there weren't laws against the drug until the middle classes started using it.
Long before today's opioid epidemic, doctors shared stories of their own experiments with the drugs they prescribed their patients.