What’s in it for me? Shine a light on the ailments that have wreaked havoc upon humanity.

Modern medicine is a wonderful thing indeed. Even so, it’s often easy to forget how lucky we are to be vaccinated at birth, or how normal it seems to have professional doctors tend to our needs when we get sick.

But when you think about it, this is a relatively recent phenomenon. Go back just a century or so, and the chances of succumbing to a deadly disease increase massively.

Throughout much of human history, we’ve been in the dark about how disease works, and the history of medicine is littered with examples of people getting it just plain wrong.

However, people have learned from these mistakes and healthcare has continuously improved. In these blinks, we look at how these improvements happened and what they say about human development in general.

In these blinks, you’ll discover

  • what milkmaids had to do with curing smallpox;
  • what certain dance moves have to do with St. Vitus; and
  • how not to route your water supply.