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EPIDEMICS Published in March, 2020 H E K T O R A M A   . The recent coronavirus outbreak inevitably brings to mind the Spanish flu, the deadly influenza pandemic of a century ago. Here we republish seven articles about this devastating viral disease that spread to the four corners of the world, killing […]

Bugs and people: when epidemics change history

Salvatore Mangione Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Albrecht Dürer, woodcut, c.1496-8 From left to right, Death (with a trident), Famine (with scales), War (with a sword) and Plague (with the arrows of pestilence) are crushing under their horses’ hooves all those unfortunate enough to stand in their wake. In a November […]

Mahler at 100: a medical history

Salvatore Mangione Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, the man who, more than anyone else, heralded the advent of a new musical century. Mahler died from subacute bacterial endocarditis, which, while relatively unknown in 1911, has claimed the lives of many famous people and […]

Leonardo and the reinvention of anatomy

Salvatore Mangione Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   When Vesalius started his life journey five hundred years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci’s own journey into the human body was symbolically coming to an end. Denounced by a German collaborator for necromancy, he would eventually be barred by the Church from even entering the Ospedale di Santo Spirito under […]