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A 130-year-old medical cold case: who was Jack the Ripper?

Kevin R. Loughlin Boston, Massachusetts, USA   As murder followed murder and mutilated bodies were discovered and described in the press, one can imagine the fear that swept the hardscrabble Whitechapel section of London in 1888. Populated with many immigrants, mostly from Eastern Europe and Russia, unemployment was rampant and tenements were found on most […]

Incurably curious: mystery and drama in clinical case reports

Julia Dahlkamp London, United Kingdom     Thomas Sydenham, 1688 Mary Beale National Portrait Gallery, London Introduction In recent years the genre of the written medical case report1 has come to be regarded as unscientific, a form of anecdotal evidence low in the hierarchy of study designs.2 Clinical geneticists, on the other hand, have emphasized […]