Medical History

Wartime injuries go beyond the physical. A longing for home pervades conflicts past and present.

An architect explores the foibles and potential of modern hospital design, in conjunction with a running exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt museum.

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

Top Stories

Acts of rudeness are on the rise in medicine. Can a civility push lead to a healthier workplace?

Weight loss strategies have always put diet and exercise center stage. Can two new drugs change the medical mindset about obesity?

To reduce burnout and retain staff, should hospitals embrace on-site childcare?

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.