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  • Covid-19

    Saira Elizabeth Alex The pandemic: a medical student’s perspective Arpan K. Banerjee Book Review of Intensive Care: A GP, A Community and COVID-19 Review: The History of the World in 100 pandemics, plagues and epidemics Patrick Bell Ancient Greek plague and coronavirus Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic Brian Birch COVID-19 and… Read more

  • Women in Medicine

    Moustapha Abousamra Women surgeons Victoria Bates Elizabeth Casson Arpan K. Banerjee Book review: A History of Women in Medicine and Medical Research Book review: Meeting the Challenge: Top Women in Science Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic Bojana Cokić Women in medicine in Serbia Elizabeth A. Coon and Eelco F. M.… Read more

  • Volume 13, Issue 2 – Spring 2021

    Frontispiece Medicean optics: Raffaello’s Portrait of Pope Leo X, Vincent P. de Luise The Sorokdo National Hospital of South Korea, Lucy Eum Anatomical descriptions in the Iliad, Maria Chicco Doris Unland: Surgical nurse extraordinaire, Frederic Grannis Too many doctors: The death of Friedrich III, Nicolas Roberto Robles Intubation incarceration: A true tale of torture, Abram… Read more

  • Volume 13, Issue 1 – Winter 2021

    Frontispiece Monet’s illnesses: Beyond cataracts, Sally Metzler The dream of the uterus, F. Gonzalez-Crussi Traditional obstetrics in Isaan, Thailand, Khwan Phusrisom Cloaked in white, Stacey Maslow “Do I look gay to you?”, Elena Hill “Looking at … Looking away”: A challenging and vital skill, Florence Gelo Zachary Taylor: Assassination or a bad bowl of cherries?,… Read more

  • Jack London’s cloudy crystal ball

    Edward McSweeganKingston, Rhode Island, United States The COVID-19 pandemic has given quarantined readers new opportunities to discover the literature of plagues and epidemics. Many people—in order to give context to the present pandemic—have turned to books like Albert Camus’ classic novel The Plague, Daniel DeFoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, Steven King’s The Stand,… Read more

  • 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, where the infection caused a series of deadly outbreaks until 1907.1 But for decades before plague reached the American west coast, it had burned through… Read more

  • 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 lacked adequate troops, training, weapons, transport, supplies, food, landing craft, and medical personnel. One deficit that could be corrected before the shooting started was the… Read more

  • The Schoolhouse Lab

    Edward McSweeganKingston, Rhode Island, United States “Black measles” was a common name for spotted fever, which regularly killed people in the western United States. Symptoms included a spotty rash on the extremities, fever, chills, headache, and photophobia. No one knew what caused it. The first recorded case in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley was in 1873.1 Twenty-three… Read more

  • The hunt for a yellow fever therapy

    Edward McSweegen Kingston, Rhode Island, United States   Roux’s syringe for delivering antitoxin, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  Source In March 2020, a research group in China reported the use of convalescent plasma to treat ten patients suffering from coronavirus COVID-19 infections.1 This type of therapy—passive immunization—dates back to 1891 when the German bacteriologist Emil… Read more

  • 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 West to observe a total eclipse of the sun. Among them was America’s only woman astronomer, Maria Mitchell of Vassar College, and four of her… Read more