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Posts tagged with "Human Health"

  • The Beautiful Cure: The Revolution in Immunology and What It Means for Your Health
    Daniel M. Davis

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    The Beautiful Cure

    In The Beautiful Cure, immunologist Daniel Davis endeavors to tell the story of human immunology in eight chapters, spanning foundational concepts, pivotal discoveries by brilliant scientists and their collaborators, the personal drama that has accompanied Nobel prizes and other recognition awarded in this highly competitive field, and anecdotes about how individual choices can affect one’s… Read More
  • Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    Edith Sheffer

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    New research reveals that the physician behind Asperger’s syndrome was an active participant in Nazi eugenics

    On 1 July 1941, a young Austrian physician named Hans Asperger signed a document transferring a toddler named Herta Schreiber to Spiegelgrund, an asylum for mentally ill children on the outskirts of Vienna. Two-year-old Herta had suffered diphtheria and meningitis, leaving her severely disabled. She “must present an unbearable burden to her mother,” Asperger, then… Read More
  • Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity
    Theodore M. Porter

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    Genetics in the Madhouse

    Decades before Gregor Mendel studied pea plants or Thomas Hunt Morgan cultivated fruitflies, an isolated but vital international community gathered enormous bodies of data on hereditary traits. As Theodore Porter describes in his fascinating and original Genetics in the Madhouse, physicians and state officials tasked with overseeing insane asylums throughout the 19th century attempted to… Read More
  • Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations
    Anthony J. McMichael

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    An epidemiologist takes a long view of our fraught relationship with the environment

    Last year’s adoption of the Paris Agreement signaled widespread political will to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury while aiming to keep the rise in global average temperatures to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels. More than 100 nations ratified it, and the mood was optimistic as countries reconvened this year to talk implementation. Read More