History Stories
CATEGORY: medical history
Three Percent of the World’s Population Died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic
January 26, 2018

See the heroes of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in color. Read More

The Criminalization of Abortion Began as a Business Tactic
January 22, 2018

Abortion was common during the 19th century. Read More

What Caused the Aztec Empire to Fall? Scientists Uncover New Clues
January 16, 2018

The mysterious epidemic that devastated Aztecs may have been food poisoning. Read More

The Civil War Doctor Who Proved Phantom Limb Pain Was Real
November 8, 2017

Silas Weir Mitchell specialized in the ghostly pain that lingered after amputations. Read More

Americans Once Avoided the Hospital at All Costs—Until ERs Changed That
October 16, 2017

How emergency rooms became the only place in America where patients had a right to free treatment. Read More

The Disease That Helped Put Colorado on the Map
October 4, 2017

The state was once known as "the world’s sanatorium." Read More

The ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ Performed Shocking Experiments on Slaves
August 29, 2017

He was a medical trailblazer, but at what cost? Read More