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  Happy 49th birthday Medicare Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson found himself in Independence, Missouri. Although he was surrounded by a gaggle of politicians, distinguished guests and Secret Service agents, the president was armed only with a fountain pen, a bottle of ink and a sheath of papers. Seated directly beside him…(Read More)

‘The Big Book’ that gave alcoholics hope in 12 steps turns 75 April 10, 1939, marks the publication date of “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism.” One of the best-selling books of all time (it has sold more than 30 million copies), the volume…(Read More)

Read Article HERE: Typhoid Mary’s Life Sentence in Quarantine   North Brother Island is a 16.5-acre bump of land jutting out of the East River, 1,500 feet east of 140th Street in the South Bronx and 2,500 feet west of Riker’s Island. Once the site of New York City…(Read More)

READ How Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor in the U.S. The pathway to medical careers for countless women in the United States became a little easier on Jan. 23, 1849, when Elizabeth Blackwell ascended a stage in New York and became the nation’s first female doctor. Photo by Pali Rao/Getty…(Read More)

One man’s rise from ‘Dr. Unqualified’ to surgeon-in-chief BY: DR. HOWARD MARKEL On Nov. 16, 1981, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. C. Everett Koop, in a vote of 60 to 24, as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 21, 1982, by the…(Read More)

A Curious Inspiration for the First Stethoscope In a monthly column for the PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine, like the invention of the stethoscope. Photo By BSIP/UIG via Getty Images. Long before Hippocrates taught… Read More Here: PBS…(Read More)

How ‘Going Under the Knife’ Became Much Less Deadly   Dr. Howard Markel revisits moments that changed the course of modern medicine, like the advent of antiseptic surgery, in a monthly column on the PBS NewsHour. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images. Today, every patient reasonably expects that before going “under the knife,” the surgeon…(Read More)