Volume 73 Issue 8 August 2023

The Scramble for Madagascar

The world’s fourth largest island was among the prizes of Europe’s ruthless African land grab. When one American diplomat made plans for his own enterprise, he soon found that the French had other ideas. 

‘Found Incapable’

As senility came to be recognised as a distinct diagnosis, methods of protecting patients – from themselves and from others – had to change. 

The Colony That Vanished

Having prospered for more than 400 years, a medieval colony on Greenland vanished without a trace, but its memory lived on.