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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The forgotten victims of America’s opioid crisis
By Abby Norman, from Ask Me About My Uterus, which was published last month by Nation Books. Norman is an editor at Futurism, a science and technology website.
The un-becoming of self
A life without food
From a paper by Nicoletta Beschin, Angela de Bruin, and Sergio Della Sala that was published in the August 2016 issue of the scientific journal Cortex. Read More
By Jenny Diski, from her Twitter feed. Diski, a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, was the author of ten novels and eight works of non-fiction, including In Gratitude, a memoir about…
Five hundred family members of leprosy patients sue Japan; Rebecca Solnit explores how leprosy teaches empathy
The medical ordeal no one wants to talk about
How leprosy teaches empathy
The ebbing of the body politic
Learning to live in polio's shadow