Tag Archives: Germany

The last talk

Inge Marry Shikangala Windhoek, Namibia   Alike but Different, by Inge Marry Shikangala, 2017 In April 2016, I took my father to Engela State Hospital at the northern border of Namibia. This was the nearest hospital, but still twenty kilometers away from where my father lived. My two cousins helped me get my very tall […]

Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States   Fig 1. Katherine Anne Porter.  Photograph taken in Mexico, 1930. In Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Katherine Anne Porter weaves the horrors of the Great War, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the near-death experience of a young woman in love with a doomed American soldier into […]

Diagnosing defectives: disability, gender and eugenics in the United States, 1910-1924

Sara Vogt Chicago, Illinois, USA Introduction The science of eugenics developed in countries around the world such as Great Britain, the United States, and Germany during the second half of the nineteenth century as a means of fighting emergent public health and social problems like tuberculosis, prostitution, and the so-called degeneration of the race. The […]

Andreas Vesalius: an anatomical pop-up

Anna Lantz Stockholm, Sweden   Male figure The sheet is cut down lacking the descriptive text surrounding the figure Hagströmer Library, Karolinska Institutet Male figure (detail) Hand-coloured woodcut with three moveable flaps Hagströmer Library, Karolinska Institutet   At the end of the 1530s, loose-leaf anatomical pop-ups began to appear in Germany. The idea quickly caught […]