Ancient Brain Surgery

Brain surgery is thought to have been performed as early as 6500 B.C. Known as trephination, the surgery involved drilling a hole in the skull and often removing a piece of the skull. Trephination was performed all over the world, including France, China, the Incan, Mayan, and Aztec Empires, Rome, and Greece.

Henrietta Lacks changed millions of lives without ever knowing

Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) is notable for being one of the most important people in World history. She became so important without being born into royalty, achieving extraordinary goals or living an extraordinary life. How can this be? It’s because of HeLa.

How soldiers kept awake in World War 2

The effects of Methamphetamin (more commonly known as Crystal Meth) are well known to people today. What is not so well known is that soldiers in World War 2 were actually given meth to keep awake during battle.

Measles: Once just a deadly as smallpox

For hundreds of years, measles has been one of the most feared diseases around. It is assumed that the virus emerged some time between 500 AD and 1000 AD. For many centuries, measles has been a very potent killer. Especially in the “New World” (the American continent) where people were not yet used to the virus, it had a very …