Monthly Archives: October 2011

Blood Work, Part I


In part one of a special author interview, Dr. Holly Tucker talks about her new book, “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.” Tune in to learn more about the startling history of blood transfusion. … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Mary Edwards Walker


When the Civil War began, Mary Edwards Walker sought work as a surgeon. When the Union refused to give her an appointment, she worked as a volunteer. She became the first woman to win a Medal of Honor. Tune in … Continue reading

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Secret Science: Alchemy!


Many think of alchemy as a fool’s pursuit, but alchemy has a rich history closely tied to medicine and metallurgy. Additionally, techniques developed by alchemists strongly influenced chemistry. So how come we don’t call chemistry alchemy?

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Who was the real Dr. Frankenstein?


It’s no secret that Mary Shelley’s infamous novel has influenced generations of writers, but is completely based on fiction, or was Shelley inspired by real-life events? Tune in to learn more about the real Dr. Frankenstein.

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Why would you put a cadaver on trial?


In 897, Pope Stephen VI had his deceased predecessor Formosus exhumed and put on trial. The corpse was found guilty, but this desecration disgusted Romans and made them rebel. Tune in to learn more about the period known as the … Continue reading

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The Sisters Fox: They Talked to Dead People


In 1848, the Fox family began hearing strange noises, and sisters Maggie and Kate started communicating with spirits. They built a career as mediums, and today they’re credited with launching the modern spiritualist movement. But was it all a hoax?

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Admiral Yi Sun-sin and the Turtle Ships


When Japan invaded Korea in 1592, the Korean forces were unprepared for Japan’s troops. The Korean navy, however, was a different story. Commanding Admiral Yi Sun-sin repeatedly defeated the Japanese. But was it enough to end the war? Tune in … Continue reading

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