Histories

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

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.

The Diabetic On Third Base

Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo knew he was a great ballplayer, but when it came to his diabetes, he didn't think he was extraordinary.

The Brain Injury That Helped End Slavery

A vicious blow to the head may have been the catalyst that turned Harriet Tubman into an Abolitionist hero.

A Lion In The Day

How Katherine Mansfield, one of New Zealand's most prolific storytellers, found strength to deal with her chronic pain through her fiction.

Survival Of The Fittest

Charles Darwin's own illnesses may have influenced evolutionary theory. Here's how.

Immunologist, Heal Thyself

A scientist makes a discovery that would win a Nobel Prize and help untold scores of people... including himself.

In Search Of Lost Breaths

A lifelong struggle with asthma profoundly influenced the art of Marcel Proust, author of In Search Of Lost Time.