D.O.s like Sean Conley, physician to the president, can face stigma from people who don’t understand the practice.
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Almost 10% of physicians in the US are doctors of osteopathic medicine, and that proportion is rising. Their medical knowledge matches that of other doctors; the difference is the philosophy behind it.
The COVID-19 new normal might be here for quite some time.
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.
An 1801 etching of a dandified physician taking a lancet to a ‘dindonnade,’ a word signifying both ‘turkey’ and ‘hoax.’ It ridicules the smallpox vaccine, which takes fluid from an animal to insert into a human.
The history of anti-vaccination theories can help us understand how such claims capture a popular following. The same misinformation used against 19th century smallpox vaccine is still in use today.
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What is it about breast cancer that has made mastectomy and its effects so hard to discuss for over 400 years?
New research shows that the oldest surviving anatomical atlas comes from Han Dynasty China, and was written over 2,000 years ago.
A Cholera Patient, Random Shots No. 2. Cartoon by British satirist Robert Cruikshank, circa 1832.
Pandemic histories are useful for understanding COVID-19, but how they connect with race, public health, revolution, labour and colonialism are needed to explain the present and predict the future.
A pandemic from a century ago doesn’t necessarily chart the course of the pandemic happening now.
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Differences in the viruses' biology and societal contexts mean there's no guarantee today's pandemic will mirror the 'waves' of infection a century ago.
Early clinical trials into ginseng, rhubarb and rice paved the way for testing coronavirus treatments today.
A simple, low-tech way to get rid of germs.
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A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
In the past, quarantines were often seen as an excuse for state intervention, and condemned as instruments of despotism.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
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Grisly early experiments laid the foundation of our understanding of how to keep organs 'alive' in isolation.
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Anti-vaccinators today echo 200-year-old debates.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems able to spread to anyone, anywhere.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Camp beds set up for travelers returning to Germany from China, who will be isolated for two weeks to make sure they don’t have coronavirus.
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Even before people understood how germs spread disease, they tried to isolate the sick to keep them from infecting others.
Physician letting blood from a patient. Attributed to Aldobrandino of Siena: Li Livres dou Santé. France, late 13th Century.
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A handful of manuscripts remain which give researchers valuable insights into medieval science.
Vibration devices have been used to treat everything from ‘hysteria’ to hair loss. So Marie Kondo’s tuning forks and crystals are nothing new.
From vibrators for 'hysteria' to vibrating belts for weightloss. How we've been fascinated with shaking ourselves to health.
More attention needs to be paid to loneliness’s complex history.
A young girl is inoculated with typhoid, Texas, 1943.
We've known how to control typhoid for over 100 years. The rapid current increase of drug-resistant variants in both rich and poor countries is down to decades of short-sighted global health policies.
A rabid dog’s bite can make a person seem to have animal characteristics.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today's creepy Halloween costumes.