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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
For years, Michael Ransford had known he would need surgery for his umbilical hernia. “People said if it ruptured, it could kill me,” the sixty-year-old farmer told me. The pain…
The case against a venerable pregnancy treatment
The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about
From Observations in Midwifery, by the English physician Percival Willughby, written around 1670 and published in 1863. One of two known copies of the book, which Willughby wrote “to inform…