Medical History

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

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

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

Patients, legally, now have online access to all their clinical records. But full transparency is still a work in progress.

The Boer War was an early turning point in vaccination history.

Since the 1960s, the dream of ultra-fast high dose radiation promised better cancer treatment with fewer side effects. Will the reality measure up?

Peter L. Slavin and Timothy G. Ferris discuss the revolution of rational vaccine design.

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

The largest nightclub fire in U.S. history became a milestone in modern medicine.

Ten years ago, researchers coaxed normal adult cells into stem cells for the first time

The standard garb of the physician comes with surprising risks and benefits.

Which U.S. president left the biggest mark on modern medicine? Four historians cast their votes.

Top Stories

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

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

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.