Medicine & Disease

‘Shell shock’ is associated in particular with the First World War. Stuart M. Archer recounts the often brutal treatment meted out to sufferers of the condition and looks at how use of the term fell into disrepute. 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson passed her medical exams on September 28th 1865.

Joseph Lister's medical technique was first performed on August 12th, 1865.

In 1562 the young monarch was cured of a dangerous attack of smallpox.

This book constitutes a handsome compendium of 18th-century obstetrics, retailing both the stories of practitioners and their patients and...

Despite the modern obsession with a good night’s rest, more of us are sleeping less. Perhaps we should pay attention to the advice of early modern doctors, says Katharine A. Craik.

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.