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Medical History

Life Expectancy and Presidential Candidates

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

When you are 70 years old, you are bound to have some medical problems, so I am not sure why the media and the public is making a hoopla about the medical histories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

27 Crazy Images Of Medical Treatments Through History

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living

When Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-ray in 1895, the New York Times was so skeptical that the paper referred to the medical breakthrough as ...

A Modern Medical Miracle and a Great Read

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Vicki Cobb

I'm always a sucker for heroic, against-all-odds stories and, of course, as a nonfiction writer, I am especially moved when the story is true. Yes, there is value in truth. I spent part of today reading Jim Murphy's new book Breakthrough: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever.

13 Wonderfully Weird, Creepy Museums To Visit Around The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 05.23.2016 | Arts

Some museums are for dinosaur bones. Some museums are for Monet's "Water Lilies." And some museums are for showing off a book bound in human skin. The...

Sharing Your Medical History With Your Family

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

What better gift could I give to my sister or my other family members than to share with them the medical situations that I encountered? It may cause them to stop and think about their own situations and perhaps alert them to the fact that they are also experiencing the same symptoms, etc. themselves and that they may want to alert their own doctors.

Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.

This Is What 19th Century Medicine Looked Like

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan and Damon Dahlen | Posted 08.14.2014 | Healthy Living

If you've ever wondered what a medical textbook from the 1800s looked like, now's your chance. The Wellcome Library recently announced that it is i...

Sherwin Nuland and the Medical History Wars

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Home
Barron H. Lerner

Nuland held an interesting place in the world of the history of medicine, a torch holder for an older type of scholarship that praised great doctors of the past.

Public Disease

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 03.16.2014 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

Imagine a world in which there is no stigma about illness, in which ailments are not a matter of privacy or lost insurance or jobs, in which we collectively share and learn as much as we can about what afflicts us so it can afflict fewer. It's just data.

Hungry Kids Used As Guinea Pigs By Government Scientists, Historian Says

natureheader | Brian Owens | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science

Canadian government scientists used malnourished native populations as unwitting subjects in experiments conducted in the 1940s and 1950s to test nutr...

Dissected Alive: The Case of Colleen S. Burns in Historical Perspective

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris | Posted 09.10.2013 | Weird News
Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

Happily, occurrences such as this are few and far between these days. Yet in the past, incidences of premature dissection were not uncommon.

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Dad Today

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 06.14.2013 | Healthy Living

Dads gets a bad rap when it comes to health. Just take a look at the skimpy selection of options for a Father's Day card. Those cards would have you b...

Time for Your Check-up!: How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 05.29.2013 | Black Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

A visit to the doctor's office can be overwhelming for many of us. There is so much to remember for an appointment slot that may only last for 15 minutes. But it doesn't have to be stressful.

Invasion of the 'Deathxperts': Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris/The Chirurgeon's Apprentice Edition

Christian Josi | Posted 05.03.2013 | Arts
Christian Josi

I like to think that I'm the first to notice, love, and highlight a fantastic new phenomenon that's out there: beautiful, young and brilliant women who specialize and punditize on all things morbid. Have you noticed this yet? No? Do pay attention.

PHOTOS: Jews And Medicine: Trailing The Magic Bullet

Josh Feinberg | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Josh Feinberg

Through the lens of modern medicine, many aspects of the modern Jewish experience are revealed. From this vantage, we can also observe the complex interaction between science, faith and tradition.

Doctor's Office Etiquette: Turn Dr. No Into Dr. Yes the Next Time You Visit a Medical Professional

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.24.2012 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

If you want good service before, during, and after your office visit, here are some tips for making them go as smoothly as possible.

The 'Best Kept Secret' to Understanding Your Health Risks

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Evidence strongly dictates that a key ingredient of putting together a long-term plan for aging well is to comprise a detailed family history.

Two-Headed Fetus and Other Oddities in the Gold Coast

Priya Malhotra | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

If you're interested in architecture, art, or scenic views, the International Museum of Surgical Science might be the place for you. But if you're interested in surgical history this museum is the place for you.

As Kids Head to College, Keep a Healthy Focus

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

What can parents do for their teens' continuing good health -- besides fretting and wringing their hands -- as they head off to colleges and universities across the country?

Homeopathy: A Brief History

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

Homeopathy was formulated by a German physician more than 200 years ago and came to America in 1825.

The Amazing Story Of Charles Darwin And His Homeopathic Doctor

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Virtually every biography of Charles Darwin refers to his health problems and acknowledges that the one physician who provided an effective treatment for him was Dr. James Manby Gully.

Experts: Even With Reform, Health Care Insurers Will Likely Discriminate

The Washington Post | David S. Hilzenrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Any health-care overhaul that Congress and President Obama enact is likely to have as its centerpiece a fundamental reform: Insurers would not be allo...