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image: Animal Electricity, circa 1781

Animal Electricity, circa 1781

By Jessica P. Johnson | September 28, 2011

How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.

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image: Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874

Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the

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image: The First X-ray, 1895

The First X-ray, 1895

By Hannah Waters | July 1, 2011

The discovery of a new and mysterious form of radiation in the late 19th century led to a revolution in medical imaging.

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image: One-Man NIH, 1887

One-Man NIH, 1887

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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image: Medical Posters, circa 1920

Medical Posters, circa 1920

By Edyta Zielinska | May 25, 2011

William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 

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image: Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687

Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687

By Cristina Luiggi | April 1, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, including a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, that interweaved practical medical knowledge with Buddhist traditions and local lore.

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image: Medicinal Alchemy, circa 1512

Medicinal Alchemy, circa 1512

By Cristina Luiggi | March 1, 2011

During the Middle Ages, alchemists developed sophisticated ways to tap the medicinal powers of the Earth’s bounty. Liber de Arte Distillandi, published in 1512, is a layman’s guide to the preparation of these natural medicines.

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image: Light Therapy, circa 1939

Light Therapy, circa 1939

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2011

Around the turn of the 20th century—before sunscreens hit the market and the damaging effects of UV radiation were widely appreciated—physicians saw the sun mostly as a source of healing. 

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image: The Mindless Machine, circa 1664

The Mindless Machine, circa 1664

By Vanessa Schipani | January 1, 2011

By Vanessa Schipani | January 1, 2011

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The Discovery of Penicillin, circa 1928

By Cristina Luiggi | September 1, 2010

The drug may very well be one of mankind’s greatest discoveries.

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