Scientist as Subject
Scientist as Subject
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.
Scientist as Subject
Scientist as Subject

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.

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.

Foundations
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.