Jonas Salk’s Battle with Anti-Vaxxers in His Time

He had to deal with critics like Walter Winchell, who warned, “It may be a killer.” It turned out to be a saving grace. In 1952, Americans suffered the worst polio epidemic in our nation’s history. As in prior outbreaks, the disease spread during the summer, mainly attacking children who had been exposed to contaminated[…]

The Women Who Built Mayo Clinic

Franciscan nuns, physicians, anesthesiologists, and social workers helped created a pathbreaking medical center. Several years ago, a few colleagues and I discovered a well-kept secret about Mayo Clinic, where we all worked. We had decided to create a Jeopardy game for Women’s History Month based on women who were involved in the early years of[…]

How the Grimm Brothers Saved the Fairy Tale

The surprising history behind the world’s most famous collection of folk tales. Two hundred years ago, two young German librarians by the names of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of tales that would become one of the most influential works of folklore in Germany, Europe, and eventually the world. Between 1812 and 1857,[…]

Monsters and Heroes of Medieval Scotland: Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

The story of the Loch Ness Monster originates in the 7th-century CE work of a monk named Adomnan. Introduction The Scottish Highlands are among the most impressive landscapes in the world with some of the most famous sites – Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns – as well as looming mountains, deep glens, and winding rivers.[…]

7 Tips to Research Using the Internet Writing Your Essays

Writing a well-constructed and impactful essay is a necessary task that every student, no matter what level of academics they’re at, must undertake. However, before you even begin to write down your essay, you must first do thorough online research. Although having so much information at your fingertips seems like an advantage when you’re writing[…]