Howard Markel in the News
Remembering Florence Nightingale, the nurse who revolutionized community health
How Florence Nightingale cleaned up ‘hell on earth’ hospitals
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life was a study in destructive alcoholism
How F. Scott Fitzgerald’s addiction became the archetype of an alcoholic artist
Did Van Gogh cut off his whole ear, or just his earlobe?
Diagnosing Vincent Van Gogh
Failing at health care: A presidential tradition
How poet John Keats met his early end
Classic poet John Keats' death was probably "disgusting"
The infectious disease that sprung Al Capone from Alcatraz
New surgeon general report says vaping is a threat to kids
225 years ago today, Mozart died. We’re still not sure how.
A symphony of second opinions on Mozart’s final illness
Exploring the curse of King Tut’s tomb nearly a century after discovery
Unlocking the medical mysteries of King Tut’s tomb
Long-forgotten Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has lessons worth remembering
Column: The failed Broadway musical I wish every medical student could see
A Bygone Era: When Bipartisanship Led To Health Care Transformation
The dirty, painful death of President James A. Garfield
How much health data should candidates disclose?
Column: Marilyn Monroe and the prescription drugs that killed her
Louis Pasteur’s risky move to save a boy from almost certain death
Was ALS really the cause of Lou Gehrig’s death?
Zika Virus Rumors and Theories That You Should Doubt
How Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle cracked the case of the tuberculosis ‘remedy’
Expert Interview: The Rise Of Opioid Addiction
Rebecca Lee Crumpler, America's first African-American woman physician.
Lead Poisoning Dates Back To Roman Times
El Salvador’s Advice on Zika Virus: Don’t Have Babies
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Oscar Wilde's death
Night and Day: The life of Cole Porter
First lady Edith Wilson acted as de facto president of the United States for over a year after her husband’s stroke.
Celebrating the life of Alice Hamilton
Physicians blast fellow doctors Carson, Paul for failing to refute autism claim in GOP debate.
The fever phobia that parents experience is ancient and useful.
Howard Markel on Warren G. Harding's Death
Howard Markel on Dr. Rosalyn S. Yalow
Howard Markel on Cole Porter’s 124th birthday, his story of triumph over pain
Howard Markel on Dinosaurs
Howard Markel on the SUN
Howard Markel on a prickly Hungarian obstetrician named Ignaz Semmelweis
Howard Markel on Ben Franklin and America's first great vaccine debates
Howard Markel on the death of President Abraham Lincoln
Howard Markel in Ken Burns' "CANCER THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES"
The day we discovered the cause of the ‘white death’
More than measles: The threat to America's 'herd immunity'
As It Wanes From Public Consciousness, Presidential Commission Talks Ebola
What a 1925 novel by Sinclair Lewis can teach us about health care today
How playing with dangerous x-rays led to the discovery of radiation treatment for cancer
The First Woman in America to Receive an M.D. Was Admitted to Med School as a Joke
The 38 Biggest Surprises of 2014, The Boston Globe
PBS Newshour - Howard Markel on the death of George Washington
The New Yorker Midterm Anxieties
A History Of Quarantine, From The Black Death To Typhoid Mary
A Brief History Of Medical Quarantine
Disease outbreaks in U.S. have history of government infighting
The History of Medical Quarantines, and What That Could Mean For Americans Today
REUTERS Why quarantining Ebola patients is a states’ rights issue
The New Republic
Idaho Statesman - Ebola preparedness at hospitals remains uneven