Histories

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

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The Greatest Soccer Referee Ever Was Also The Baldest

Among soccer fans and players alike, Pierluigi Collina is legendary not just for his colorful personality and on-field fairness, but his distinctive alopecia.

The Angel With Broken Wings

Born with a crooked spine and one leg shorter than the other, Manuel Francisco dos Santos, otherwise known as Garrincha, overcame disability to help start a Brazilian soccer legacy.

Sick and Tired

Fannie Lou Hamer was one of America's most important civil rights icons. But her health issues show that racism isn't just a social disease, it's a physical one.

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.

"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.

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