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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: 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: 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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The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.

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By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.

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image: First Photo of Intact Giant Squid, 1874

First Photo of Intact Giant Squid, 1874

By Catherine Offord | July 1, 2016

Moses Harvey’s photograph brought the mysterious creature out of legend and into science.

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image: The Rabies Vaccine Backstory

The Rabies Vaccine Backstory

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

Louis Pasteur’s trepidation at injecting a child with the first rabies vaccine might have reflected his private knowledge of its lack of prior animal testing.

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image: Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2016

Now hailed as the father of immunotherapy, William Coley pioneered extraordinary methods to treat cancer.

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