Robert Burton’s encyclopedic curiosity The Anatomy of Melancholy continues to offer remarkable insights into mental health.
Medicine & Disease
A signature in a collection of autographs reveals a story of Indigenous service that extends from Australia to Canada and Trinidad.
Should the finger of blame be pointed at the marmot for the global spread of the plague?
When widespread vaccination was introduced there were objections – some justified, some not.
A search for the first doctor.
Cures and treatments have always offered potential riches to their inventors. But how was one supposed to know what worked and what didn’t?
The global crisis wrought by the First World War prompted the birth of free mental health care.
As human populations expand and their exploitation of the globe increases, so does their vulnerability to certain diseases.
The First World War offered new opportunities for enterprising female doctors.
A Victorian doctor offering to cure female ‘lunacy’ came under fire for his scandalous new operation: female genital mutilation.