Toward the end of World War I, American doctors fought an invisible enemy on the home front — a pandemic that would kill more people than any other outbreak of disease in human history.
As much as nine-tenths of the indigenous population of the Americas died in less than a generation from European pathogens.
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Mary Mallon could do one thing very well, and all she wanted was to be left to it
A disease that no one understood laid waste a major American city. Five thousand died in two months, and Memphis was never the same again.
Americans have never been so healthy, thanks to advances in medical technology and research. Now we have to learn to deal with the staggering costs.
American medicine in a crucial era was at once surprisingly similar and shockingly different from what we know today. You could get aspirin at the drugstore, and anesthesia during surgery. But you could also buy opium over the counter, and the surgery would be more likely to be performed in your kitchen than in a hospital.
A young girl’s memories of life in a community haunted by
The mysterious diseases that nearly wiped out the Indians of New England were the work of the Christian God — or so both Pilgrims and Indians believed.
Of herbal medicine, a “doctor” named Samuel Thomson, and a sure cure for almost everything…
It became apparent that this influenza was a first-rate killer.
HOW A FARSIGHTED QUAKER MERCHANT AND FOUR GREAT DOCTORS BROUGHT FORTH, WITH MADDENING SLOWNESS, ONE OF THE FINEST MEDICAL CENTERS IN THE WORLD
“ To spend and be spent for the Good of Mankind is what I chiefly aim at ”
WHAT POLIOMYELITIS MEANT TO A POLITICAL CAREER
It was the most devastating enemy surprise attack since Pearl Harbor—but what mysterious affliction were people dying of two days later?
In the sumptuous history of transatlantic passenger travel it wasn’t all mahogany panelling and ten-course meals. Consider, for instance, war and seasickness
Patent medicines were usually neither patented nor medicinal, which is not to say they didn’t (and don’t) have any effect