Category Archives: History of Medicine

Georges Vigarello Seminars at the Louvre

Philosopher and historian Georges Vigarello is presenting a series of seminars at the Louvre on Le corps et le mouvement (XVe-XXe). The seminars will be held on 25 March, 4 April, 11 April, 18 April, and 22 April in the … Continue reading

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Unearthing Richard III

A team of archaeologists and other scientists exhumed bones from underneath a Leicester parking lot last fall and have been conducting tests on them over the past several months. Now, they report that the bones are probably those of King … Continue reading

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Forensic Science and French History

CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) meets French history. DNA testing is being used to examine historical evidence in new ways. A recent study brings techniques of forensic science to examine the alleged remains of French King Henri IV. Scientists studied an … Continue reading

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Kuhn’s Paradigm Shift at 50

This year is the 50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, with its influential concept of the “paradigm shift.” The book has reportedly sold over 1.4 million copies and is still on science and history of science … Continue reading

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DNA Evidence of the Black Death

The Black Death is back in the news. Several teams of scientists have been working over the past decade to extract DNA evidence from bodies of victims of the Black Death in fourteenth-century Europe. The latest findings confirm several other … Continue reading

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Gout Makes a Comeback

Gout is making a comeback in the United States.  This disease causes serious inflammation, swelling, and pain—especially in the feet. During the medieval and early modern periods, gout was considered a disease of the nobility.  Manuscript correspondence of European nobles … Continue reading

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