How Do We Know What Human Organs Do?
Apparently humans have a new internal organ. How can this be, and what does this "new organ" do?
What Doctors Can Learn From the Arts
What can doctors learn from the arts? Ask Anton Chekhov.
How One Nightmarish Disease Was Eradicated
Guinea worm, scourge of the tropics, may be nearing its end.
How the medical profession has dealt with alcohol throughout the years.
What Lies Beneath the Museum?
Paradoxically, museum specimens of long-dead animals may offer us the keys to protecting live ones.
Satanism and Magic in the Age of the Moulin Rouge
How did some of the most illustrious names of fin de siècle French literature end up in a newspaper battle over witchcraft and evil spirits?
The History of the Euthanasia Movement
The idea that death should be merciful is not new. Around 1800, pioneers of euthanasia pulled on the legs of those who'd been hanged to hasten their deaths.
Christmas, Inc.: A Brief History of the Holiday Card
Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. What about this old-fashioned tradition appeals to so many?
Inside the Operating Theater: Early Surgery as Spectacle
Director Steven Soderbergh’s historical drama series, The Knick, brings viewers inside a New York City hospital’s operating room ...
Ignoring the Cure for Scurvy
It may have altered the outcome of the Revolutionary War.