The Miasma Theory

Throughout history, many people believed that bad smells were directly linked to instances of illness and death. Cities were often overcrowded places with low sanitation standards, therefore, diseases could spread throughout these city centers fairly quickly. People began correlating the bad odors of the city with disease (Parker 121). By the 18th century, the discovery…Read more »

Killing Rabbits

It is not surprising to learn that a wide variety of tests were developed throughout history in order to check if a woman was pregnant or not. Most tests were incredibly inaccurate, such as the Egyptian method of pouring a suspected woman’s urine on bags of wheat and barley. If the plant grew from the…Read more »

Cataracts: “You’re Doing What To My Eye!?”

(Photo Credit: Crucial Interventions) According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, roughly 24.4 million Americans aged 40 or older have cataracts (American Academy of Ophthalmology). Cataracts are typically defined as a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded; thus reducing the person’s vision. Some common factors that are known to cause the loss…Read more »

Syphilis: “A Night With Venus, and a Lifetime with Mercury”

( Photo credit: Dreadful Diseases and Terrible Treatments) What is Syphilis: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can be spread through unprotected sexual contact as well as from mothers to their unborn babies. It wasn’t until 1905 that scientists discovered that the microorganism to blame was Treponema pallidum. There are multiple theories regarding the origins…Read more »