Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

May 27, 2017

History of Medicine

History of Medicine

Rock star

Back in the day, bezoar bulbs were celebrated as a cure-all and cutting-edge medical science

An eye for an eye

Back in the day, ocular prosthetics ranged from the regal to the rudimentary

The Bay’s best buy

In between his day job with HBC, William Fraser Tolmie was a man of medicine and the mountains

Shaking things up

Who knew that Dr James Parkinson was a politician, paleontologist and pediatrician?

A shot of syphilis

Albert Neisser tried to save prostitutes from STDs, but started a scandal instead

Diabetes then & now

From the Ancients to Insulin... and Beyond

Needle trade

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

Amphibian magnetism

Are frog legs the key to life’s mysteries?

A solution that sticks

Who knew that a clumsy cook from the 1920s was the inspiration behind the Band-Aid?

Dying to go home

Can being far from family and friends make a person physically sick? In 17th-century Switzerland it was certainly possible

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