Ignaz Semmelweis

The Man Who Invented Modern Infection Control

He's hailed as the "father of infection control" and the "savior of mothers," but the truth about Ignaz Semmelweis is more complicated than that.
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The Science of Fevers

Trying to bring down that fever? Studies show that most fevers are actually integral to effective immune responses.
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English Sweating Sickness: The Epidemic You Forgot to Be Terrified Of

The 15th and 16th epidemics of English sweating sIckness still fascinate historians and epidemiologists. 
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Armadillos are Cute, but They Spread Leprosy

A surprising examination of how armadillos spread leprosy.
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Should Vaccination Be Compulsory?

While science is clear that vaccines are safe and effective, it is silent on whether or not mandating compulsory vaccination is the right thing to do.

Welcome Back, Measles

The news of a recent outbreak at Disneyland in California brought measles back into the public view