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  • Conference Report: AAHM New Haven, May 2015

    Conference Report: AAHM New Haven, May 2015At their annual conference in New Haven, CT the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) celebrated its 90th birthday. Back in 1925 it would have been almost impossible for me to go: transatlantic travel took weeks not hours; the history of medicine was in its infancy and few (if any) women were working ...

  • Back in time for dinner – history and food

    What we eat and how we eat has changed over time. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, but the recent BBC series Back in Time for Dinner brought this concept home – literally – to the Robshaw family. The premise of the show was relatively simple. Using the National Food Survey to direct the ...

  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)Poliomyelitis is, sadly, still with us. But since 1988, global action on the disease has reduced the number of cases from an estimated 350,000 to just 445 in 2013.1 This is pretty remarkable for a disease that only reached epidemic proportions in the twentieth century, and with a vaccine that was developed as recently as ...