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Dr. Howard Markel writes a monthly column for the PBS NewsHour, highlighting momentous historical events that continue to shape modern medicine. He is the director of the Center for the History of Medicine and the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan and the author of “The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick and the Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix” (W.W. Norton, September ’21).
Though he had a long reign of almost 60 years, he is remembered now for being the monarch who lost America, and for suffering periodic bouts of serious illness and erratic behavior, leaving him unable to rule for his last…
This great mind maintained a realistic outlook on his own mortality. But here’s where the story of his death gets weird.
In his comic "The Doctor's Dilemma," Shaw poses a far deeper question: How does one quantify the value of another person’s life and who is even qualified to do so fairly and justly?…
Imagine the horror of being an artist of light and color who starts to lose their sight.
Back then, as now in some ways, reproductive rights and abortion were hotly contested issues.
Friday would have been Capote’s 98th birthday, but he died a month shy of his 60th year, a victim to the stranglehold of drug addiction and alcoholism.
There have been many great stories about Napoleon's demise, but they are probably just that.
Despite the advancements she made on behalf of women’s health, Dr. Mary Amanda Dixon Jones adopted an anti-abortion stance that doesn’t comport with modern medicine.
The night Twain was born, there was a brilliant view of Halley's Comet flying right over his hometown.
In 1918, working at an overcrowded Army base hospital, let alone finding yourself in one, was a nightmare.
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