In this issue we publish articles on three famous hospitals and three notable physicians; on the disabilities of John Milton, Charles Dickens, and
the Emperor Claudius; and on how art makes us better people and syphilis does not. We read about tuberculosis and the myth of vampirism;
women in healthcare during the Ottoman Empire; the Order of the Hospitallers; and attitudes towards pregnancy and childbirth in Victorian
England, the Soviet Union, and ancient Egypt.