25 years ago today, the wall that separated East and West Berlin finally came down, reuniting families and ushering in a sense of openness to a fractured world. In the days leading up to the anniversary, many have taken the opportunity to reflect on all that the wall represented. The images take us back to another time: the end of Reagan, and the very beginning of the internet.
Taken in 1946, we see a downy-cheeked Princess Elizabeth gazing off into the distance in her Buckingham Palace sitting room. Six years later Elizabeth would become the Head of the Commonwealth and…
Measuring in at nearly 6,000 miles across, the Trans-Siberian connects and cuts through some of the world’s most influential cities–and forbidding landscapes. Watch and see what awaits one man who hops on the train in Moscow and makes his way to Beijing.
The story of Typhoid Mary is particularly interesting in an age where ebola and other serious diseases threaten the lives of many. Quarantined for what she considered to be a faulty diagnosis, Mary was one of the first “healthy carriers” of typhoid fever, an often-fatal communicable illness. Over the past century, Mary’s story has brought up many issues whose impact can still be seen today, especially those regarding civil liberties, public health, and how the government reconciles both. This is the story of Mary Mallon, the woman behind Typhoid Mary.
Mary Mallon was an Irish immigrant who first came to the United States as a teenager. To survive, she held a number of domestic jobs, often as a household cook. In 1906, Mary was hired as a cook by Charles Henry Warren and his vacationing family. In early autumn, six of the 11 Warren household members were infected with typhoid fever. To determine how the family caught the disease, Warren hired sanitary engineer George Soper, who had experience with typhoid fever outbreaks.
Current treatments for severe epilepsy are brain surgery, invasively implanted electric stimulation devices, and medications whose side effects can include huge drops in the number of white blood cells and platelets in the body, problems with the liver and pancreas, aplastic anemia, and even liver failure. In other words, what little relief these treatments might provide to epileptics is obscured by their side effects.