Read the latest medical history column by Dr. Markel on

Did you know that 91 years ago this week, a Toronto hospital gave the first insulin injection ever to a very ill boy with diabetes?

Or that 113 years ago last December, the first scientific paper on the use of X-rays was published?

These anniversaries of major events in the history of medicine are the focus of a new series of columns being published on the PBS Newshour’s website by Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., who directs the Medical School’s Center for the History of Medicine

The latest column, on the history of insulin treatment for diabetes, is available here:

The December column on the history of X-rays may be found here:

For an index of his columns, bookmark and visit this page: