Medical History

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.

Proto’s first 10 years saw policy reforms, genomic gains and a deluge of new data. What next?

The final illness of the physician and author happens 100 years after the greatest outbreak of encephalitis lethargica.

Can a refresher course in the laws of natural selection help doctors better understand human health and illness?

Top Stories

Genomic analysis details how SARS-CoV-2 spread through Boston.

They represent a small minority of victims. But their illness could hold valuable lessons about how COVID-19 works—and how to stop it.

A pristine record of toxic exposures and psychological trauma rests in a child’s mouth—if only it can be decoded.

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.