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Religious Paintings and Mental Health

November 17, 2019

A brief notice in the American Journal of Insanity from January 1856 highlights once again therapeutic importance of ambience especially for treating insanity: Gift to the Maryland Hospital A beautiful oil painting has been received at the Maryland Hospital for the Insane, with the following note addressed to the Medical… Read more

The Pulse, Buildings, and the Therapeutics of Design

November 14, 2019

Maiken Scott hosts the excellent “The Pulse” on WHYY here in Philadelphia. Each episode explores “stories about the people and places at the heart of health and science.” Or, put another way, each week Maiken Scott spends a delightfully informative hour examining some constellation of issues where health and science… Read more

Time Traveling Marie Curie?

November 12, 2019

Browsing Amazon for children’s books on the history of science, I came across this book on Marie Curie. So many questions: Who in 1600 had developed color printing and why was that technology then lost for 300 years? When did Marie Curie develop a time machine (and did it require… Read more

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