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Plagues, Comets and Volcanoes 

Plagues, Comets and Volcanoes 

The sixth century AD was a tumultuous period of human history. It marked the end of Classical Antiquity and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Empires fell and new ones rose up to take their place. It was in this period that the legendary King Arthur is said to have...
Imhotep – The First Physician

Imhotep – The First Physician

The ancient Egyptian civilisation was the first of the recorded great world civilisations. Little is known about the prehistoric societies that came before Egypt but it is assumed that they were steeped in superstition and that their ability to treat disease was...
Spanish Flu: The Deadliest Pandemic in History

Spanish Flu: The Deadliest Pandemic in History

In the Spring of 2009 a new strain of influenza began to infect people in Mexico. Reports suggested that the outbreak had started in February due to farming practices at a pig farm and it was henceforth given the name ‘swine flu’. By April, cases had started to spread...
Ignaz Semmelweis – ‘The Saviour of Mothers’

Ignaz Semmelweis – ‘The Saviour of Mothers’

I can vividly remember being taught how to ‘scrub up’ as a third year medical student. The careful scrutiny of the theatre sister filled me with fear. Had I touched the wrong part of the scrub pack? Were my hands completely sterile? On more than one occasion I...
The Coldest Case – Lessons from the Iceman

The Coldest Case – Lessons from the Iceman

I am an unashamed fan of history and spend much of my time away from Medicine reading about history and listening to podcasts such as the excellent ‘Hardcore History’ by Dan Carlin. This particular article was inspired by Daniele Bolleli’s incredible work...
Aneurin Bevan and the Birth of the NHS

Aneurin Bevan and the Birth of the NHS

The NHS has been in the news a lot lately, and not for the right reasons. Winter bed emergencies, the junior doctors contract dispute, student nurses bursaries, and the widespread funding crisis are constantly making front-page news. The sight of junior doctors on a...