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image: China’s Flowers, 1922-1949

China’s Flowers, 1922-1949

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock collected thousands of plant samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, leaving after the Communist Party’s takeover.  

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image: Among the Amish, c. 1960s

Among the Amish, c. 1960s

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018

Victor McKusick’s pioneering investigations provided insight into hereditary disorders.

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image: A Radical Intervention, 1894

A Radical Intervention, 1894

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2018

William Halsted’s approach to mastectomy took the medical world by storm at the turn of the last century.

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image: The Child Hatchery, 1896

The Child Hatchery, 1896

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2018

The incubator exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries publicized the care of premature babies.

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image: A Brush with Inheritance, 1878

A Brush with Inheritance, 1878

By Catherine Offord | February 1, 2018

Lampbrush chromosomes, first observed in the 19th century, still offer an unparalleled glimpse into how genetic information is organized in the cell.

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image: Fake News: Mars Edition, circa 1877

Fake News: Mars Edition, circa 1877

By Diana Kwon | January 1, 2018

Giovanni Schiaparelli’s maps of Mars sparked the belief that intelligent life exists on the planet.

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image: Meet the Press, 1967

Meet the Press, 1967

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2017

Fifty years ago, Arthur Kornberg announced to reporters that his team had synthesized functional DNA.

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image: The Wada Test, 1948

The Wada Test, 1948

By Philip Jaekl | November 1, 2017

A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.

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image: Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793

Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793

By Shawna Williams | October 1, 2017

French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat took on many roles over the course of his life, including physician and scientist.

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image: Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880

Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880

By Shawna Williams | September 1, 2017

Most didn’t believe French doctor Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran when he said he’d spotted the causative agent of the disease—and that it was an animal.

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