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Medicine & Disease

Marie Skłodowska Curie, the world’s most famous female physicist, was born 150 years ago, on 7 November 1867. Although her legacy is assured, in her lifetime she was a controversial figure.

Fighting Fit charts the development of the British government’s public health measures during the Second World War. Its well-researched...

The medical advice in Bald’s Leechbook outlasted the language in which it was written.

The stethoscope revolutionised medicine, but it also provoked anxieties about the unfamiliar sounds it revealed.

The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment.

This is a clever and important book, but it is not an easy read. Scurvy provides an intellectual and cultural history of a condition that...

Upon the death in 1865 of Dr James Barry, the irascible Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon and medical reformer, an old friend opened...

Since it was founded in 1948, the issue of how Britons have laughed with – or at – the NHS reveals much about changes in society, argues Jenny Crane.

The Civil Wars of the 17th century prompted pioneering medical care and welfare, provided by the state not just for soldiers but for the widows and children they left behind, as Eric Gruber von Arni and Andrew Hopper show.

The belief that a king’s laying on of hands could cure the disfiguring disease of scrofula gained new heights of popularity during the Restoration, as Stephen Brogan explains.