Medicine & Disease

The publishers call this elegantly designed collection of medical illustrations before the advent of colour photography, ‘beautifully gruesome’....

Ole J. Benedictow describes how he calculated that the Black Death killed 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe’s entire population.

Have you ever experienced a pain that felt like a ‘toothache about six inches long in the hip’? Or one that tortured you ‘like a demand from Her...

Johann Weyer used his compassion and a pioneering approach to mental illness to oppose the witch-craze of early modern Europe.

Years ago I read, in Margaret Llewellyn Davies’ collection of letters by Women’s Co-operative...

Few things instil as much terror as a deadly contagion with no known cure.

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues its dreadful march, Duncan McLean looks at the 600-year-old practice of isolating individuals and communities in order to bring an end to epidemics and assesses the effectiveness of such measures.

While most people have heard of the Black Death, medieval Europe was also afflicted by a less deadly but more perplexing epidemic: the sweating sickness.

Sick building syndrome is familiar to us all: the feeling of malaise that can be suffered by people working and living in poor indoor environments...

‘Smallpox filled churchyards with corpses and disfigured those it did not kill, turning babies into changelings and rendering the maiden an object...