Moments in History—Vignettes

MAS Ahmed and Natasja Vandepitte

The incubator

Arpan K. Banerjee

The Royal Society of Medicine of London: A brief history

Peter H. Berczeller

Saul Farber on St. Helena

Craig Blackstone

The Hogmouths of Habsburg

Joseph deBettencourt

Stephen Hales: belief and blood pressure
Theo’s marvelous medicine

George Dunea

Isidor Snapper: a colorful but tyrannical chief

Edward Jenner and the dairymaid

Gerard van Swieten and his reforms
Healthcare for the popes

Hubris syndrome – a moment in history?

The death of Charles II

The last illness of King Edward VI (1537–1553)

Lord Moran’s secret

The fatal illness of Prince Albert

The last days of George Washington

William Pitt: father and son

King Henry VIII: More ailments than wives
Doctor bites policeman in Chicago religious dispute
The Emperor Maximilian II and his physicians
Charles VIII: the king who bumped his head
The gout of the Medici
Louis XIV and his ailments
John Calvin: his rule in Geneva and his many illnesses
The most loathsome disease of the emperor Galerius
Percussion of the chest: Leopold Auenbrugger
The philosopher’s dementia: Immanuel Kant
The ligament of Vaclav Treitz
Otto Kahler, Bence Jones, and multiple myeloma
Celiac disease, Areteus, and Samuel Gee
Pedanius Dioscorides: The first encyclopedia of plants and drugs
The public death of Prince Albert
Oliver Cromwell’s illnesses and death
Mary Tudor (“Bloody Mary”) 1516-1558
Francesco Antommarchi, the Malvolio of St. Helena
The death of King George II
The bullet in Garibaldi’s ankle
Michel de Montaigne in his circular library
Selman Waksman, “father of antibiotics” and conquest of tuberculosis
Robert the Bruce
The mysterious illness of Christopher Columbus WIN ’23

Howard Fischer

Abraham Lincoln’s smallpox
The secret medical school in the Warsaw Ghetto
The surgeon’s photograph of the Loch Ness monster
Operation Pedro Pan: Saving Cuban children from communism

Ronald S. Fishman

Washington and his spectacles

Julie Gianakon

Doctor Riker’s decision

Ludvig Hektoen

PDF Document A case of amebic dysentery

PDF Document Instantaneous death from air entering the uterine veins during a vaginal douche in the fourth month of pregnancy

PDF Document Embolism of the left coronary artery; sudden death

PDF Document Rare cardiac anomalies

PDF Document Our developing knowledge of gonorrhea and syphilis

PDF Document On a case of multiple foci of interstitial myocarditis in hereditary syphilis

Ludvig Hektoen and Beatrice R. Lovett

PDF Document Whooping cough

Ludvig Hektoen and Charlotte Johnson

PDF Document Prevention of diphtheria and scarlet fever in nurses

Ludvig Hektoen and George H. Weaver

PDF Document Experiments on the transmission of scarlet fever to monkeys

Susan Hurley

Physician: study thyself

Adam S. Komorowski and Sang Ik Song

The King’s-Evil and sensory experience in Richard Wiseman’s Severall Chirurgicall Treatises

Marshall A. Lichtman

Masters, Lindstrom, and decanal adventures
Deserving but unrecognized: the forty-first seat

James Mathew

Meeting of minds: when scientists and artists meet

Summer A. Niazi and Jack E. Riggs

“Gentlemen! This is no humbug.”

John Parascandola

The arsenic eaters of Styria

JMS Pearce

Hans Christian Andersen, James Young Simpson, and ether frolics

Roshan Radhakrishnan

Horace Wells

Ira L. Rezak

Mingling medicine and medals

Hansjörg Rothe

The mystical prophet and his Bride of Christ

Gregory W. Rutecki

Should primary hyperaldosteronism be renamed Litynski-Conn Syndrome?
Did Casimir Pulaski have 21-hydroxylase deficiency?

Brian Sharpless

Changing conceptions of the nightmare in medicine

Robert Siegel

The power of sound

Krzyś Stachak 

Achilles and his famous tendon

Matthew Turner

Healer of the pharaohs: History’s first woman doctor

Jan Peter Verhave

A Norse and Dutch friendship

Frank Wollheim

A tale of two cities: Swedish roots of electrophoresis

A.J. Wright

What November may bring: the first 37 days of surgical anesthesia


Ether dome
Sir Frederick Treves, who operated on King Edward VII 
On the uncertainty of human affairs (Guicciardini)