From magic bowls to holy shirts, Muslim cultures used various devices to protect the user from harm starting in the 11th century. Many of these objects were beautifully designed, too.
The plants a Roman chose could say a lot about the person they were.
There is a sad precedent of pandemic disease threatening the residents of care institutions – and of authorities not heeding the dangers.
Fun fact: the term 'influenza' comes from the premodern belief stars influenced disease. Before epidemiologists, there were astrologers.
Those experiencing stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus may find guidance in medieval responses to plagues, which relied on both medicine and prayer.
During the lockdown, baking bread can bring us together and help us articulate our fears.
With hand-washing top of mind, soap is an integral part of keeping clean. But people through the ages relied on earlier forms of soap more for cleaning objects than for personal hygiene.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s personal battle with polio, and his steady hand while overseeing a national eradication campaign, highlights decisive leadership against a virus that terrified America.
Florence Nightingale, who would have turned 200 today, might be remembered for her work during the Crimean War. But that's ignoring the 54 years afterwards she spent writing, analysing and agitating.
On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, we take a look at how her monumental efforts helped shape the way we model health care and disease outbreak data today.
During a tour to Australia, Little Richard feared the nuclear apocalypse and – on stage – annonced he was giving up music.
The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.
Some 1,500 years ago, the Plague of Justinian spread via ships from North Africa to Europe and Asia, killing up to 50 million people.
Little Richard swung between flamboyant performances and religious fervour - but he always came back to music. With news of his death at 87, musicians paid tribute to his huge rock 'n' roll legacy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has closed museums and cultural sites worldwide. Meanwhile, curators are already working hard to preserve the current moment so that future generations may understand it.
The cities of Europe have experienced disease outbreaks for centuries, but they were able to bounce back using quarantine, economic stimulus and patience. Not all were successful.
Through archaeological studies of architecture, excavated trade goods, and ecofacts we can trace globalisation back thousands of years.
Emily Klancher Merchant, a historian of science and technology at the University of California at Davis, shares some of the most interesting stories behind the 2020 census questionnaire
What drives people to garden isn't the fear of hunger so much as hunger for physical contact – and a longing to engage in work that is real.
During two 17th-century medical calamities, economic imperatives outweighed moral concerns.