The future is emotional
Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable
The taboo of menstruation
All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly
Ageing out of drugs
Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?
Values and vaccines
Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good
Death of cancer
A critical mass of medical knowledge could soon end the death threat of cancer, but politics stands in the way
Fat but fit?
The medical evidence is overwhelming – obesity is bad for you and it would be a major mistake to give up fighting it
Misunderstanding risk factors has led to massive overtreatment of diseases people don’t have and probably never will
If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege
The calculus of contagion
In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number
The first cut
Most American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?
Do individuals have a right for their medical records to remain private after death, or can public interest prevail?
The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement
A mad world
A diagnosis of mental illness is more common than ever – did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it?
Disabled people in modern China are still stigmatised, marginalised and abused. What hope is there for reform?
Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?
The Geel question
For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?
The obesity era
As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us
Do some harm
Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense. Can it survive in modern China?