Category: Evolution and Medicine

Clinical Correlations

A Brief History of Early Medical Photography

662px-Da_Vinci_Vitruve_Luc_ViatourBy Emily Milam, MD

Peer reviewed

The history of medical photography is rich and tracks the evolution of both technology and medicine. Photography’s application to medicine has become increasingly multifaceted with the advent of digital photography, smartphones, telemedicine, and the ease of photo sharing and storage.…

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HotSpots: The Evolution of Medicine

Welcome to HotSpots. In this series, we highlight unique websites of interest to the medical profession. Feel free to make suggestions for sites that should be featured in this series by clicking the comment field or sending us an email.

Matthew Vorsanger, MD

When we consider the accomplishments that have been made in the history of the field of medicine, taking a step back can reveal an astounding landscape.…

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Fever: Friend or Foe?

By Fernando Franco Cuadrado, MD, Julia Hyland Bruno, MD and  Mark D. Schwartz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

When flu season returns, we will all see patients with sniffles, aches and a mild to moderate fever. History, tradition and habit have made the treatment of fevers almost automatic; however, how many of us pause and consider evolutionary principles before recommending acetaminophen for a fever?…

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Medical Etymology: The Origins of Our Language

By Robert Gianotti , MD, Todd Cutler, MD and Patrick Cocks, MD

Welcome. We are proud to present the first installment of a new section dedicated to exploring the roots of common medical terminology. We hope this will give you a chance to incorporate a historical perspective into your daily practice and to reflect on the rich and often unexpected stories lying at the heart of our profession.…

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Evolution and Medicine: Practicing medicine with only half of biology?

evolutionMark Schwartz MD

Why do we age? Why is congestive heart failure so common? Why do so many of us wear glasses? Why is there a menopause? Why must we sleep? Why do we get febrile when infected?

Medical students, trainees, and physicians are drawn to questions of how the body works, so your likely first response to these intriguing questions is to think about pathophysiologic answers.…

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