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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Ian Scott traces the hundred-year history of heroin, from cough medicine to underworld narcotic.

Virginia Berridge examines the relevance of past experiences to current policy-making.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Liane Aukin looks at the private life of Florence Nightingale, and at how her strained relationship with her mother shaped her destiny.

Volume: 53 Issue: 4 2003

Gilbert Shama looks at the German research into penicillin during the Second World War.

Volume: 53 Issue: 3 2003

Elizabeth A. Fenn examines a little known catastrophe that reshaped the history of a continent.

Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

Andrew Mendelsohn outlines the attractions of a fast-growing an popular field of study.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Jonathan Hughes looks at the significance, in alchemical terms, of this reign, and what the King himself made of alchemical prophecy.

Volume: 52 Issue: 8 2002

Roy Porter opens our new series on Picturing History, based on a series of lectures organised in conjunction with Reaktion Books, and shows how 18th-century images of the medical profession flow over into the work of political caricaturists.

Volume: 51 Issue: 10 2001

Elaine Murphy looks at the two families who dominated the private provision of care for the insane in London in the early 19th century.

Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001

Paul Brassley puts MAFF's policy towards Foot and Mouth Disease into historical perspective.

Volume: 51 Issue: 11 2001

Derrick Baxby looks at the history of the smallpox vaccination, how it was opposed by many, and how the disease was finally eradicated.

Volume: 49 Issue: 3 1999

Charles Webster reflects on the achievements and shortcomings of fifty years of the National Health Service.

Volume: 48 Issue: 7 1998

Alex Werner previews a new exhibition on skeletons at the Museum of London.

Volume: 48 Issue: 11 1998

Ian Scott traces the hundred-year history of heroin, from cough medicine to underworld narcotic.

Volume: 48 Issue: 6 1998

Fools' gold, Dr Faustus - traditional images of a Renaissance black art. But was there more to it than that? Zbigniew Szydlo and Richard Brzezinski offer an intriguing rehabilitation.

Volume: 47 Issue: 1 1997

Peter Atkins and Paul Brassley uncover alarming 19th-century precedents for the ‘mad cow’ fiasco.

Volume: 46 Issue: 9 1996

Roy Porter charts the whirlwind of medical triumphs that promised limitless progress in human health and our more sober reflections on the eve of the third millennium.

Volume: 46 Issue: 11 1996

New innovations in radiology have sparked public criticism as to its safety and cost-effectiveness. Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen's discovery of the X-ray in 1895 and its subsequent use in medicine sparked similar safety and health hazard concerns throughout its development.

Volume: 45 Issue: 11 1995

Sarah Pepper investigates a medical pioneer whose name survives today on a bread wrapper, but whose sweeping system of wholefoods and natural prescriptions offended the medical establishment of late Victorian England.

Volume: 42 Issue: 10 1992

Penelope Johnston describes China's revered North American hero

Volume: 41 Issue: 9 1991

The British Medical Journal is 150 years old this autumn and has witnessed in its time a kaleidoscope of changing attitudes towards medicines, their ethics and efficiency. Peter Bartrip looks at its campaign against patent medicines at the turn of the century and the ambiguities of attitudes in the medical profession it reveals.

Volume: 40 Issue: 9 1990
Volume: 39 Issue: 9 1989
Peter Bowron looks into excavations found at a Middle Ages hospital in Scotland.
Volume: 38 Issue: 10 1988

J.S. Cummins considers the impact of syphilis on the 16th-century world – a tale of rapid spread, guilt, scapegoats and wonder-cures, with an uncomfortable modern resonance.

Volume: 38 Issue: 8 1988

Roy Porter looks into medicine in Georgian England where sufferers from the 'Glimmering of the Gizzard' the 'Quavering of the Kidneys' and the 'Wambling Trot' could chose their cures from a cornucopia of remedies and nostrums doled out by an army of practitioners amongst whom flourished the quacks.

Volume: 36 Issue: 11 1986

Tony Aldous on a Worcestershire town whose natural resources brought the Romans there.

Volume: 36 Issue: 3 1986

Famous Books in the History of Science: an exhibition at the British Library. The Wellcome Museum of the History of Medicine: at The Science Museum at South Kensington, on permanent display.

Volume: 32 Issue: 4 1982

Taking the waters became a Victorian passion and spa towns flourished. In this article the first prize winner in History Today's Essay Competition Pamela Steen, a student at the Open University, describes the pleasure and the pains of this fashion.

Volume: 31 Issue: 9 1981

Anne Roberts explores the incidence of plague in England from 1348 to 1679.

Volume: 30 Issue: 4 1980

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.

Volume: 29 Issue: 3 1979

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.

Volume: 28 Issue: 12 1978

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