Histories

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

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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Survival Of The Fittest

Charles Darwin's own illnesses may have influenced evolutionary theory. Here's how.
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Immunologist, Heal Thyself

A scientist makes a discovery that would win a Nobel Prize and help untold scores of people... including himself.
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In Search Of Lost Breaths

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