Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 7, 2020

History of Medicine

History of Medicine

Psychiatry’s saint

How a girl from Ireland became the guardian of the mentally ill and their physicians

The president’s secret surgery

Cleveland wasn’t the first to hide the truth about his failing health, and he certainly won’t be the last

Fetal rock

Forget 40 weeks. Hundreds of mothers have carried lithopedia, or stone babies, for as long as 50 years.

Connect the dots

Braille was developed by many hands, but it was a blind boy from France who refined the system

The beginnings of bioterrorism

During the Civil War, Dr Blackburn hatched a plan to use sickness as a weapon

The queen of Canadian cardiology

Maude Abbott blazed a trail as an international specialist in cardiac conditions

Blinded by science

Well-intentioned physicians tried to banish blurry vision, but the cure for cataracts remained cloudy

Bad to the bone

It wasn't until the 18th century that the field of orthopedics was able to stand on its own

Attention grabber

ADHD may be a relatively new diagnosis, but the problem is as old as parenthood itself

Hot little thing

Believe it or not, the simple thermometer was centuries in the making

Medicine woman

Introducing the very first female physician... at the very first medical school

Artfully insane

Vincent van Gogh was certainly skilled... and possibly a little psychotic too

Hair today gone tomorrow

Alas, the elite of yesteryear never believed that bald was beautiful

Inkblot inklings

How an artist-cum-scientist dripped ink to paper and projected his way to psychiatric stardom

Goiters be gone

Getting rid of these loathsome lumps has been a bumpy road