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Dr. Avery, Medicine Woman

Edward McSweegan Kingston, Rhode, Island, United States   Doctor Alida C. Avery, Photo courtesy of Archives and Specials Collections/Vassar College Library. Source In July 1878, astronomers headed into the American…

The Schoolhouse Lab

Edward McSweegan Kingston, Rhode Island, United States   Howard T. Ricketts in Mexico City laboratory. National Library of Medicine “Black measles” was a common name for spotted fever, which regularly…

African American contract doctors in the military

Edward McSweegan Kingston, Rhode Island, United States   African American Soldiers in Cuba, 1898, Wikipedia In the spring of 1898, the United States rushed into a war with Spain but…

Mary Niles and the Canton rats

Edward McSweegan Kinston, Rhode Island, United States   Doctor Mary West Niles, Wikipedia Bubonic plague arrived in Honolulu in December 1899. A month later it had spread to San Francisco,…

Jack London’s cloudy crystal ball

Edward McSweegan Kingston, Rhode Island, United States   The Scarlet Plague, by Jack London. Open Library, an initiative of the Internet Archive. The COVID-19 pandemic has given quarantined readers new…

How conflict and bureaucracy delayed the elimination of yellow fever

Edward McSweegan Kingston, Rhode Island, United States   Army Surgeon General George Miller Sternberg. US government photo. Via Wikimedia. Public domain. The Golden Age of Bacteriology (1876–1906) saw the emergence…

War & Veterans

…Confederate generals cause the South to lose the war? Alice MacNeill “Mental Cases” by Wilfred Owen; the suffering of soldiers in World War I Edward McSweegan African American contract doctors…

Volume 13, Issue 1 – Winter 2021

…McSweegan Carlos J. Finlay: the mosquito man, Enrique Chaves-Carballo The literary breakdown in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Carol-Ann Farkas Ahab’s gift: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the meaning of pain,…

The sweating sickness in Tudor England: a plague of the Renaissance

…Britain, vol. 1 (2nd Ed) 1894. See London: Frank Cass, 1965:237-281. McSweegan E. Anthrax and the etiology of the English sweating sickness. Medical Hypotheses 2004;62:155-157.     PHILIP R. LIEBSON,…

Women in Medicine

…teacher William Leeming Madge Thurlow Macklin: medical genetics Kevin R. Loughlin Frances Oldham Kelsey: A medical profile in courage Byron McGaffey and Ann McGaffey Hazel Louise McGaffey, MD Edward McSweegan…