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Category: Medicine

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7 Red Cross Facts

On its 150th birthday, get the facts on the International Red Cross.

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Franklin Roosevelt’s Personal Polio Crusade, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of its creation, take a look back at the history of the March of Dimes.

Bloodletting

A Brief History of Bloodletting

As researchers announce that bloodletting might have some benefits after all, find out more about this ancient treatment’s long history.

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Perforated Skulls From Middle Ages Found in Spain

Two skulls belonging to individuals who underwent the ancient form of surgery known as trepanation have been unearthed in Spain.

Angels of Bataan

The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor: 70 Years Later

After the Bataan Peninsula fell in April 1942, a group of Army and Navy nurses continued to perform their duties while imprisoned in a Japanese camp.

Organ Transplants

Organ Transplants: A Brief History

As news breaks of the longest organ transplant chain to date, explore the history of these potentially lifesaving procedures.

Medicinal Alcohol Prescription

Drink Some Whiskey, Call in the Morning: Doctors & Prohibition

During Prohibition, which took effect 93 years ago this week, many doctors boosted their practices by doling out medicinal alcohol.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury & Other Celebrities Who Raised AIDS Awareness

Find out about Freddie Mercury, the inspiration for today’s Google Doodle, and other famous people who helped put a face on the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Hair Loss History

From Hippo Fat to Vacuum Helmets, a History of Baldness Prevention

Find out about some of the weird and wacky ways people have attempted to curb or conceal their hair loss over the centuries.

Hatshepsut

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

The female pharaoh Hatshepsut might have accidentally poisoned herself with a carcinogenic skin treatment, according to a new study.

Miguel de Cervantes

In Search of “Don Quixote” Creator’s Lost Bones

Experts are scouring a Madrid convent for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes, hoping to reconstruct the author’s face and determine his cause of death.

Artifacts from Shipwreck

Ancient Medicines From Shipwreck Shed Light on Life in Antiquity

Researchers have used DNA sequencing to unlock the secrets of 2,000-year-old medicines found in a shipwreck.

Frankincense Plant

A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh

Once considered priceless, the ancient remedies frankincense and myrrh are drawing new attention from medical researchers.