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Medicine & Disease

The stethoscope revolutionised medicine, but it also provoked anxieties about the unfamiliar sounds it revealed.

The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment.

This is a clever and important book, but it is not an easy read. Scurvy provides an intellectual and cultural history of a condition that...

Upon the death in 1865 of Dr James Barry, the irascible Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon and medical reformer, an old friend opened...

Since it was founded in 1948, the issue of how Britons have laughed with – or at – the NHS reveals much about changes in society, argues Jenny Crane.

The Civil Wars of the 17th century prompted pioneering medical care and welfare, provided by the state not just for soldiers but for the widows and children they left behind, as Eric Gruber von Arni and Andrew Hopper show.

The belief that a king’s laying on of hands could cure the disfiguring disease of scrofula gained new heights of popularity during the Restoration, as Stephen Brogan explains.

The career of the brilliant physiologist Brown-Séquard is a reminder of the perils of scientific innovation.

Epidemics spread mistrust, as communities seek to blame their plight on outsiders or those at the margins of society. Yet the historical record reveals that outbreaks are more likely to bring people together than force them apart.

Men’s awkwardness when talking about their bodies, especially sexual health, has changed little since the 17th century. Jennifer Evans looks into the private worries of men and their doctors.