Category Archives: Medical History

African Explorer: The brief but dramatic career of Joseph Moloney (1858-1896)

Being a historian is a bit like being a detective. A simple inscription on an old broken memorial led me to piece together a fascinating story about human endurance. The main cemetery in Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey contains the grave of … Continue reading

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Hitler’s big secret? A disabled younger brother

Given all the numerous biographies, articles and documentaries about the life and career of Adolf Hitler, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that there is very little left for historians to discover about his early years. Yet some new and arguably … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution: exhibition review

‘Step into the curious and chaotic world of history’s greatest witness‘. Samuel Pepys witnessed one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Beginning with the execution of Charles I in 1649 and ending with the Glorious Revolution of 1688, … Continue reading

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The Red Cross meets the Suffragettes via an Indian Princess

The Red Cross’s Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) from World War One have in the past been saddled with a popular public image something akin to the Women’s Institute meets Florence Nightingale: all jam and Jerusalem and ladies mopping feverish brows. … Continue reading

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Man of many talents: Sir Frederick Banting and his legacy

Sir Frederick Banting (1891-1941) is undoubtedly a national hero in Canada, but his achievements also reached a global scale. Banting’s co-discovery of insulin – the treatment for diabetes – continues to save countless lives from what once was a deadly … Continue reading

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