A look at the autobiography of America’s first female doctor, on the anniversary of her receiving an M.D.

One hundred sixty six years ago today (how’s that for obscure!), Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College in western New York, becoming America’s first female M.D. In honor of this anniversary, I’ve been skimming her autobiography, Pioneering Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women, in which she very candidly discusses  her motivations for pursuing a career in medicine, …

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The totally fascinating history of antibiotics in three (or four) books…

So, antibiotics managed to make the front page of the New York Times last week, even amid the world’s manifold horrors. Here’s why: we have, for quite a while now, been running out of these wonder drugs. We used to be able to kill most anything with them — from pneumonia and urinary tract infections to staph infections … Continue reading The totally fascinating history of antibiotics in three (or four) books…