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Sherwin Nuland and the Medical History Wars

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Books
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.

How 'White Bread' Became 'White Trash'

Aaron Bobrow-Strain | Posted 05.23.2012 | Books
Aaron Bobrow-Strain

In 1970, Richard Pryor stormed off stage in the middle of his popular Las Vegas nightclub act, refusing to do another minute of "white bread humor."

The Sometimes Sordid History of the American Quest for Bliss in Marriage

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

Instead of simply teaching people to have 'healthy' marriages, marriage counseling taught Americans to define marriage itself as a healthy state of being.

Americans Have More Friends, and Not Just on Facebook

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Remember the media panic from the summer of 2006 about lonely and isolated Americans? The publication of a sociological study had unleashed a cascade...