Evolution of Stone Disease
The story of evolution also has ties to the evolution of urolithiasis, and stones affect much of living things, plants and animals included.
The History of Corneal Transplantation
- Medicine, History
The concept of corneal transplantation is very old. However, it took many centuries before this miraculous operation could be performed with some success in both animals and humans. Knowledge of the…
“Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi: A Case of Delirium in an Italian Romantic Opera
- PsychologyEuropean Neurology
Italian operas can provide relevant information on the medical knowledge during the Romantic Age, especially in the field of neuroscience, according to the state of knowledge on neuropsychiatric diseases in the first part of the nineteenth century.
Asparagus, Urinary Odor, and 1,2-Dithiolane-4-Carboxylic Acid
- BiologyPerspectives in biology and medicine
This review collects together, for the first time, historical observations associating asparagus ingestion with this unique odor-producing phenomenon and collates data implicating a 1,2-dithiolane structure as the major chemical precursor responsible.
Blurring Plant and Human Boundaries: Erasmus Darwin’s The Loves of the Plants
This essay explores the role of drugs in Erasmus Darwin’s first scientific poem, The Loves of the Plants (1789/1791–92), whose purpose was to advance individual and public health prior to…
Pioneering the Concepts of Stereognosis and Polyradiculoneuritis: Octave Landry (1826-1865)
- MedicineEuropean Neurology
Octave Landry was one of a long list of fine 19th century clinicians who died very young and whose discoveries in physiology and descriptions of new clinical pictures helped found current-day…
“When Poor Mama Long Restless Lies, / She Drinks the Poppy’s Juice”: Opium and Gender in British Romantic Literature
This chapter explores depictions of opium in the women’s writing of the British Romantic period, comparing and contrasting them with the better-known opium literature written by their male…
The Madman in the Light of Reason Enlightenment Psychiatry
It has been customary among Continental European historians of psychiatry to call the turn of the nineteenth century the “era of Pinel.” Indeed, Philippe Pinel’s long life (1745–1826) spanned the…
Sociocultural and biological factors in the development of eating disorders
- Psychology, MedicineVestnik nevrologii, psihiatrii i nejrohirurgii (Bulletin of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery)
The article provides an analysis of the data on the causes of the development of such a widespread pathology as eating disorders and the literary data of the historical works and proceedings of the Department of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, which was at the forefront of the study of this pathology.
Rotation therapy for maniacs, melancholics and idiots: theory, practice and perception in European medical and literary case histories
- ArtHistory of psychiatry
This article examines the development and use of rotation therapy in the emerging field of psychiatry at the beginning of the 19th century, and the cross-fertilization between British, Irish, German,…