Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 19, 2021

History of Medicine

History of Medicine

Sex: where would we be without it?

Part 1: from bonobos to Lesbos

How the West got fit

It took almost 6000 years for exercise to become respectable

Are we really what we eat?

From Paleo to the Fertile Crescent to Grain Brain and back

Planet of the blues?

It seems to be human is to suffer from depression — and women suffer more

Contraception: silly to sensational

The long evolution from lemon-soaked pessaries to the Pill

Mad men and barbershops

In medieval times, a bowl of blood advertised an unusual assortment of services

The men with two faces

They say two heads are better than one, though not everyone would agree

The queen of calories

Dr Lulu Hunt Peters penned the first best-selling diet book ever when much of the world was slim on good sense


How a shock to the heart jump-started emergency medicine

Mad with menopause

The way we look at The Change has certainly, well, changed

Bite me

Cannibalism is hard to swallow, but honeyed humans were the medicines of yesteryear

The coldest war

Frostbite ravaged untold armies, people and appendages until doctors warmed up to the right treatment

The art of artificial insemination

How doctors managed to insert hope into the lives of couples worldwide — even if it took a few shady tricks along the way

An heir-raising experience

Royal babymakers and their often miserable path to motherhood

A terrible disease, a worse treatment

For millennia, breast cancer treatments were equal parts grisly and ineffective, until William Halsted came along