Medicine, Magic, Science, And Technology
Michael Lynn takes you backstage to meet some eighteenth-century showmen who electrified audiences with their scientific exploits.
Ingrid de Haas looks at slave revolts in Haiti, the United States, and ancient Rome to discover how and why leaders of these revolts used magic to rally their supporters.
The Airship Takes Flight
Get your tickets ready as we take you into Victorian theaters to see how nineteenth-century Americans envisioned the future and the magic of flight.
Cara Seitchek travels to the battlefields of the American Civil War to explore the kind of care soldiers received and to discover the nature of that care.
Applying to Hogwarts
Michael R. Lynn, a Muggle historian who teaches the history of science and magic, applies to replace Professor Binns who teaches the history of magic at Hogwarts.
Capturing the Perfect Image
Thomas French pulls back the curtains of the darkroom to explore the emergence of photography. Discover here the varied careers of early photographers!
3-D: A Decidedly Victorian Innovation
Put on your 3-D glasses as Thomas French takes a look at how and why three dimensional imaging emerged in the nineteenth century.
The Frontiers of Nursing
Saddle up as Laura Ettinger uncovers the origins of the Frontier Nursing Service, providing insight into how health care was provided to rural Americans in the past.
"Freedom and health are intimately and inseparably related." Long before passage of the ACA, some Americans saw health care as linked to the battle for civil rights.
An Anxious and Awful Moment
It should have been a triumph. Instead, it became a tragedy that not even the best medical men in Britain could avert. Explore a medical disaster with political ramifications.
Health care in post-war America was expensive and complex. Stephanie Stegman explores how Americans learned about the value of changing medical practices (Part I).
Reporting on Health Care
Stephanie Stegman opens up the pages of popular magazines from the Cold War era to explore how Americans learned about health care (Part II).
A Valuable and Necessary Resource
Before caesarian sections became common medical practice, doctors and midwives often had to make a choice: either save the life of the mother or the child.
Building by Design
Just what does the architecture of hospitals tell us about their history? Join UHP as we explore western ideas about medical care.
Find Them, Teach Them Treat Them!
Stephanie Stegman takes you to the Southwest where scientists from the National Institutes of Health discovered a disease which "smouldered undetected" among the Pima Indians.
It's in the Mail
It arrived in a sealed packet with a warning that "some of the issues involved in this brochure may not be things you are used to discussing openly." What was it and how did Americans respond to it?
The History of Seeing the Future
Shuffle the deck and sort through the history of tarot cards.
Alexandra Lord takes a peek at the very strange origins of American sex education (Part I).
The Science of Keeping Fit
During World War I, military authorities worked hard to train recruits to "keep clean." Discover some of their methods for teaching men about venereal disease (Part II).
The Magic of Museums
This museum reveals all! Michael Lynn takes you on a whirlwind tour of a museum that celebrates the history of magic and the world's greatest magicians.
The Stealth Conservationist
Daniel Gifford turns on the television to explore the surprising influence of Walt Disney's work on the development of environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s.
Who said that?
Michael Lynn takes us back to the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries to explore the science and magic of ventriloquism.
Care May Reform Them
Sheena Morrison explains why demands that American school children undergo medical exams led to courtroom battles and riots during the early twentieth century.
How did Mary Toft convince doctors she had given birth to rabbits? Alexandra Lord explores why some eighteenth-century patients made extraordinary claims.
By Paddle, Wagon, and Car
Stephanie Stegman looks at the early beginnings of a community health program that radically transformed Native American communities.
A Positive Cure
Lydia E. Pinkham was the grandmother everyone trusted. But just why did nineteenth-century women trust her tonic?
Say the word arsenic and most people think "deadly poison." John Parascandola takes us to a time when arsenic was used as a medicine and beauty tonic.
Making Perfect Children
And you thought parents today were competitive? Rachel Louise Moran examines Better Baby Contests and their influence on visits to the pediatrician today.
The Mad Dog
Tune in as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service storms out of a radio interview when producers attempt to censor his candid discussion about venereal disease.
Fable or Affliction?
Michael Lynn takes you deep into the wild forests of early modern Europe to discover why Europeans believed in werewolves.
The Modern Medical Breakthrough
Mad dogs. Young boys in danger of dying. Blockbuster headlines. Bert Hansen investigates the first medical breakthrough to become a major media event.
"No Time to Treat Them"
Take a close look at the practice of medicine and public health in 1918 to understand how and why over 600,000 Americans died during the great influenza pandemic.
The Fatal Instruments
When the maid broke down the door, "a shocking spectacle presented itself." Discover why this doctor's fatal mistake led to a suicide which shocked Britain.
World AIDS Day
Why would people create a special day for a disease that has killed millions? Victoria Harden pulls back the calendar pages to discover the history behind World AIDS day.
Ingrid de Haas reveals why ancient Romans were willing to pay magicians large sums to assist them in solving a variety of different problems.
A Question of Justifiable Homicide
Discover the contradictions between doctors' beliefs about what they should do---and what they actually did when faced with a difficult birth.
Detective or Deceiver?
Michael R. Lynn investigates how Jacques Aymar unmasked a murderer while exploring early modern European beliefs about crime and magic.
Defecating Ducks, Barking Dogs and Hunters on the Prowl
A barking dog, crazed courtiers, and an angry king. Eighteenth-century showmen took technology to a new level with sometimes disastrous results.
Even before the biological revolution of the nineteenth century, governments and individuals used biological weapons.
Body Snatchers: From the Crypt
Sheena Morrison takes a look at the ways in which racial fears fed into broader concerns about anatomists' tendency to want to dissect the dead.
Forgotten Ellis Island
Preservationists and film makers discuss the work being done to save the hospitals at Ellis Island.