This Isn’t COVID’s First Million


Since its arrival in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has already passed a dozen “million” milestones. Together, they tell a story that is far from over.

For nearly a century, these patient histories have illuminated and advanced the art of medicine.

Patients with terminal cancer now have more treatment options. Will that help or hurt?

To show her love, the author learns the value of lying to her mother.

Once regarded as a purely mental condition, functional neurological disorder emerges from the shadows.

Even in his new national advisor role, the former NIH director maintains a pipeline of personal research projects.

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

International collaborations are mapping the human body, atom by atom.

Experts comment on “Confronting Bias in Journals” and call for more equity, diversity, and inclusivity in health care.

Humans share three out of five infectious diseases with animals. New solutions are gently bridging the species divide.

Respect for the advice of medical authorities has hit a new low. What happened, and how can it rebound?

The pandemic brought both setbacks and opportunities for young scientists. But female researchers are getting the worst of it.

Black physicians fought—and lost—a milestone battle against the American Medical Association in 1870.

Top Stories

In 1922 the Berlin woman became the first to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

A century ago, chemist Søren Sørensen invented what would become a crucial diagnostic tool: the pH scale.

A novel coronavirus would come to affect every ward, clinician, researcher and patient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.