History Stories
CATEGORY: Medicine
7 of the Most Outrageous Medical Treatments in History
September 5, 2017

Explore seven of the most shocking treatments recommended by doctors. 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

Why Psychiatrists Can’t Comment on the Mental Health of the President
July 27, 2017

How losing presidential candidate Barry Goldwater changed medical history. Read More

The Extraordinary Secret Life of Dr. James Barry
March 24, 2017

How—and why—did a groundbreaking physician pass as the opposite sex for more than 50 years? Read More

Harvard’s Colonial-Era Body-Snatching Club
October 30, 2015

As Halloween approaches, read about a secret club of 18th-century Harvard medical students who snatched bodies from graveyards for their anatomy studies. Read More

Researchers Use Medieval Remedy to Kill Modern Superbug
April 1, 2015

British researchers report that a 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Read More

7 Red Cross Facts
October 29, 2013

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

A Brief History of Bloodletting
May 30, 2012

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

Organ Transplants: A Brief History
February 21, 2012

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

Drink Some Whiskey, Call in the Morning: Doctors & Prohibition
January 17, 2012

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