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After 150 years of scrutiny, scholars still misrepresent the British doctor’s life and gender.
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How the often-maligned genre was used to train soldiers, explain the weather, and describe the modern world.
A crusading doctor’s stomach-churning efforts to beat back pellagra in the American South.
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Elia Kazan’s 1950 film noir finds new relevance in a moment gripped by pandemic and social unrest.
The clues that betray a book’s disreputable past.
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A wildlife painter who ran afoul of xenophobic authorities during World War II found refuge and renewed purpose in the lab.
Anissa Ramirez’s latest book tracks the (sometimes literal) ways technology can shape our lives.
How a radio pioneer transformed life at sea.
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