Jane Draycott, University of Glasgow We are living through an incredibly exciting period for prosthetics. A pioneering brain computer interface that will allow veterans to control artificial body parts with … Continue Reading Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics
Helen King, The Open University The ancient Greeks are widely seen as having been the founders of Western medicine more than 2,000 years ago. But since then our understanding of … Continue Reading Five Things the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us About Medicine Today
Helen King, The Open University Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, enemy of superstition, pioneer of rationality and fount of eternal wisdom. Statues and drawings show him with a … Continue Reading Hippocrates Didn’t Write The Oath, So Why Is he The Father of Medicine?
Laura Sumrall, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Thirty children in Amsterdam began to show signs of a disturbing affliction in the winter of 1566. The symptoms would … Continue Reading Dealing With The Devil Has Long Been a Part of Medicine
Winston Black, University of Tennessee It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times. According to the usual narrative of the history of progress, medicine … Continue Reading Forget Folk Remedies, Medieval Europe Spawned a Golden Age of Medical Theory
Anne Austin, Stanford University We might think of state supported health care as an innovation of the 20th century, but it’s a much older tradition than that. In fact, texts … Continue Reading Paid Sick Days and Physicians At Work: Ancient Egyptians Had State-Supported Health Care
The history of human experimentation is as old as the practice of medicine and in the modern era has always targeted disadvantaged, marginalised, institutionalised, stigmatised and vulnerable populations: prisoners, the … Continue Reading How Black Slaves Were Routinely Sold as ‘Specimens’ to Ambitious White Doctors