Probiotics are a hot topic--and big business--these days. But do they really work?
One bioethics scholar wonders if modern medicine is in danger of pathologizing what are painful, but normal, human experiences.
Insulin coma and deep sleep therapies were used for years on patients with mental illness, even though there was never any evidence they worked.
From WWI to the 1950s, the "American Plan" rounded up sexually-active women and quarantined them, supposedly to protect soldiers from venereal disease.
Vaccinations have always been political. But in this day and age, why do certain subsets of well-off parents choose not to vaccinate their children?
Plagues capture the public imagination in ways that other less terrifying--but more deadly--diseases don't.
Federal funding for medical research has declined, leading academics to seek alternative funding sources, sometimes from drug companies.
For a brief period of time in the 19th century, doctors used "mesmerism" for pain-free surgery.
Do we feel more empathy for those living with mental disorders when there's a biological explanation versus a psychosocial one for their condition?
The history of obstetric forceps shows the dangers of privatizing important medical know-how.