Tag Archives: Germ theory

John Tyndall, FRS: The beauty of science

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Fig 1. John Tyndall FRS [This media file is in the public domain in the United States.] Over many centuries non-medical people have carried out research into disease and its causes, often making important advances. The 1841 Census estimates suggest a third of all medical practitioners in England were unqualified.a The […]

Henrik Ibsen’s diagnosis of the conscience

Sally Metzler Chicago, Illinois, USA   Dr. Thomas Stockmann, the protagonist in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, An Enemy of the People, thought he had finally landed the ideal position as physician for an idyllic Norwegian resort town. He was well-paid and well-connected; his brother was even the mayor. Life and livelihood centered on the public […]

Abbott Handerson Thayer’s art and fin de siècle American culture

Gregory W. Rutecki Cleveland, Ohio, USA Fig. 1: Self Portrait, 1898 Abbott Handerson Thayer Snite Museum of Art, United States Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) straddled the fin de siècle, and with his brush preserved an American counterculture for posterity. His variegated oeuvre reflects substantive reflections of his period’s medical and religious culture, as well as […]