Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE
Birth of Midwifery, Circa 100 CE

Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.

Soranus of Ephesus’s manual shaped the way midwifery was practiced for more than a millennium.

Foundations
Identifying a Killer, 1895
Identifying a Killer, 1895
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2021
A contaminated ham put bacteriologist Émile Pierre-Marie van Ermengem on the path to discovering the microbe that produces botulinum toxin.
Stamping Out Science, 1948
Stamping Out Science, 1948
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2021
Trofim Lysenko’s attacks on geneticists had long-term effects on Russian science and scientists, despite a lack of evidence to support his beliefs about biological inheritance.
Bile and Potatoes, 1921
Bile and Potatoes, 1921
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2021
One hundred years after its invention, BCG has stood the test of time as a vaccine against tuberculosis.
Identity Crisis, 1906
Identity Crisis, 1906
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2021
A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.
Viral Discoveries, 1929
Viral Discoveries, 1929
Max Kozlov | Feb 1, 2021
The “mother of plant virology and serology,” Helen Purdy Beale, developed techniques to understand the nature of viruses that went unappreciated for decades.
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2020
Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.
Scientist as Subject
Scientist as Subject
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2020
In the past, it was not uncommon for researcher to test their experimental therapeutics and vaccines on themselves. Some even volunteered to be exposed to pathogen-carrying vectors.
Coronavirus Closeup, 1964
Coronavirus Closeup, 1964
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2020
Electron microscopy revealed that a deadly disease of birds was not a form of flu, but a different type of virus entirely.
Jean Macnamara’s Multiple Causes, 1931
Jean Macnamara’s Multiple Causes, 1931
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
The medical scientist made important contributions to polio treatment and Australian environmental policy—despite substantial resistance.
Confronting a Pandemic, 1957
Confronting a Pandemic, 1957
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2020
Microbiologist Maurice Hilleman foresaw the global spread of a novel influenza strain in 1957. His vaccine saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009
Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 1, 2020
Kim Peek, the inspiration for the title character in Rain Man, brought public attention to savant syndrome.
Ideal Patients, 1896–Present
Ideal Patients, 1896–Present
Amy Schleunes | Apr 1, 2020
Advances in imaging technology over the last century have allowed increasingly sophisticated glimpses into the ancient processes of mummification.
A Smiling Garden, 1558
A Smiling Garden, 1558
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020
An analysis of the En Tibi herbarium’s plants and handwriting has given clues to the identity of its maker.
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Sukanya Charuchandra | Dec 1, 2019
Frederik Ruysch’s collections blended specimens for scientific discovery with macabre art.
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Most know Rachel Carson for her work on the dangers of chemical pollutants, but the writer’s earlier prose took readers on a tour of a mysterious underwater world.
Wine Therapy, Middle Ages
Wine Therapy, Middle Ages
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2019
The beverage was a popular tonic and antiseptic.
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Theodosius Dobzhansky’s work in population genetics influenced how genetics and natural selection were combined in evolutionary biology.