Medicine & Disease
‘Smallpox filled churchyards with corpses and disfigured those it did not kill, turning babies into changelings and rendering the maiden an object...
‘Man has made himself what he is today.’ Joe Rogaly writes how important biological changes have recently transformed his whole existence.
John Henderson challenges received ideas on how medieval and early modern societies dealt with perils such as plague.
The notorious malady of the 18th century is on the increase in the UK.
St Bartholomew’s was refounded in the reign of Henry VIII. Courtney Dainton describes how, for nearly two centuries, it was one of only two major hospitals in England for the care of the general sick.
Louis C. Kleber describes how, for the American Indians, ‘medicine’ was a spiritual belief as well as a curative.
During the Middle Ages, writes Courtney Dainton, English hospitals continued to flourish until the beginning of the fifteenth century.
Frances Austin reads the lively late eighteenth century letters of a great surgeon’s apprentice to his family in Cornwall.
J.J.N. McGurk profiles Roger Bacon; a 13-century Franciscan, with a reputation as a necromancer, who showed a remarkable combination at Oxford and in Paris of philosophic and scientific gifts.
The problems of later life are always with us, writes Steven R. Smith. Among those who have studied them are both a famous philosopher and a renowned physician.