Histories

Having a health condition was part of the crucible that forged some of history’s greatest figures.

"You Might As Well Live"

Chronic medical issues--including a genetic mutation which gave her her showstopper eyes--impacted much of Elizabeth Taylor's life, but never defined it.

Rosa Parks and the Hard Cost of Activism

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks' seemingly simple decision to keep her seat on the bus took on a life of its own. But it also largely overtook her life... and her health.

How Sgt. Pepper's Gave Doctors The Ability To Scan For Brain Tumors

Millions of doctors and patients owe a debt of gratitude to the Beatles. If it wasn't for their music, the CAT scan might never have made it to market.

The Colorful Totems Of Saint Frida Kahlo

Frequently housebound throughout her life, the legendary Mexican painter turned to fashion, curios, and knick-knacks to let her imagination travel as far as her art.

The Late President of Protest

Folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs gave voice to the righteously rebellious 1960s, while trying to keep his depression in check.

Woody Guthrie And The Magicky Tree

How the famous American singer-songwriter found new ways to hope after his Huntington's diagnosis

The Left Foot Of The Fastest Woman Alive

Although her leg was deformed by polio as a child, Wilma Rudolph didn't let her illness stop her from reaching Olympic gold.

Virginia Woolf's Powerful Essay On Illness

In "On Being Ill", the feminist author asked an important question: why isn't illness one of the great themes of literature, alongside love and battle?

The Duchess Of Depression: "Lithium Saved My Life."

Always a great actress, Academy Award winner Patty Duke credited proper medication as what gave her the right tools to be a good mom.