To better understand the controversy over New York’s measles outbreak, you have to go back to the late 19th century

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Hans Sloane collected specimens of cacao in Jamaica in the 1680s. Sloane often collected on or near slave plantations, taking advantage of slavery’s infrastructure to advance his science

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In the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, about 20 miles from the University of Georgia in Athens, a 26-year-old physician named Crawford Williamson Long removed a tumor from the neck of a man named James Venable while Venable was anesthesized with ether. The date was March 30, 1842

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Whose History?

March 8, 2019

Scholars and students attempt to correct years of archival neglect at Johns Hopkins. After securing funding from the Berman Institute of Bioethics’ Exploration of Practical Ethics program, they reached out to existing organizations at the university, like the Black Faculty and Staff Association, to get their feedback

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Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy

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The Maimed and the Healing

December 13, 2018

The casualties of the First World War brought a new understanding of human fragility and wholeness

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Human History, In One Chart

November 8, 2018

Almost all the gains in human wellbeing in history happened since the Industrial Revolution

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New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine

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