Psychology & Psychiatry

'You are getting very sleepy': When hypnotism came to America

In the early 19th century, American factory workers often labored for 12-hour shifts, six days a week, and weaver Cynthia Gleason was having trouble sleeping. That is, until Dr. Charles Poyen "mesmerized" the textile worker ...

Other

How the Victorians explain our obsession with the microbiome

In recent years, the microbiome has made a transformation from "obscure to ubiquitous". Numerous studies have tentatively associated the whole range of microorganisms that live inside us with our immune, bodily, and even ...

Health

Euthanasia through the ages

Today, a primary goal of both movements aimed at care of the dying – palliative care and euthanasia – is to eliminate suffering. These are underpinned by the idea that a good death is a painless death. But it wasn't always ...

Surgery

The history of anaesthesia

We expect to feel no pain during surgery or at least to have no memory of the procedure. But it wasn't always so.

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