Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

July 23, 2017

History of Medicine

History of Medicine

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

Thinking outside the pox

Chickenpox and smallpox aren’t the same thing, but it took over 200 years to figure that out

Popping pills

From inhalants and injections to tinctures and tonics, all have been employed over the eons by physicians to ...

A real knockout

Medieval medicine's version of anesthesia was oftenworse than surgery itself

Touch down

Can making contact with a monarch heal scrofula or was that just a 17th-century superstition?