Article, History

Grover Cleveland’s Deadly Secret

the mag

After weighing his options, Cleveland chose surgery, under one condition: The operation had to be conducted in total secrecy.

Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope

Matt Soniak

In 1816, French physician Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec had a young woman on his exam table, and no idea what to do with her.

The Team that Boycotted the World Series

Mark Mancini

Calling off the World Series was a two-man job.

Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Miss Cellania

Ada Lovelace has been called the world's first computer programmer. What she did was write the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper.

How Uneducated Butchers and Barbers Became Today’s Skilled Surgeons

Suzanne Raga

Before anesthesia, surgery wasn't considered the work of a licensed medical professional.

14 Underused Words Coined by James Joyce

Mark Peters

The Strange Tale of the Snail that 'Rose from the Dead'

Matt Soniak

This snail spent more than a night at the museum before someone realized it was still alive.

New York City's Poop Train

Emily Becker

Remembering the Eastland Disaster on its 100th Anniversary

Erin McCarthy

Richard Francis Burton: The Englishman Who Went to Mecca and East Africa

the mag

More than a century before Indiana Jones first cracked his whip, Sir Richard Francis Burton had already mastered the daring art of scholarly adventure.

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