Why Aren’t There More Dogs at the Doctor’s Office?
Dogs can use their superb sense of smell to identify disease in human patients. What’s keeping them from using this ability in the healthcare industry?
How the Internet Changed Chronic Illness
Online communities show that isolation doesn't have to define the experience of having a chronic disease.
The Black Nurse Who Drove Integration of the U.S. Nurse Corps
In World War II, Mabel Keaton Staupers tirelessly fought for the integration of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps—and eventually won.
Paying for Love in the Caring Economy
Is it terrible to have to pay someone to care for your loved ones? Or could it actually be an effective way to establish a high standard of care?
How Second Wave Feminism Almost Killed Nursing
An expert wonders if the waning number of women interested in nursing was the unintended consequence of the women’s rights movement of the 1970’s.
Epidemics as Entertainment
Plagues capture the public imagination in ways that other less terrifying--but more deadly--diseases don't.
North Korea’s Anti-American Propaganda Improved Public Health
During the Korean War, North Korea suffered widespread epidemics of typhus and smallpox. The Communist party blamed U.S. germ warfare.
A Different Kind of Public Health Message
Researchers have found that Americans experience radically different health outcomes depending on their race and socioeconomic status.
The Cautionary Tale of India’s Private Hospitals
In 1985, a writer in Economic and Political Weekly saw the beginning of private hospitals in India and warned of the dangers of their mismanagement.
Humans and Their Parasites
Parasitic diseases can be effectively eliminated, but they can persist even in developed countries with effective healthcare systems.