Join me as I draw up some rough notes for a disease never before covered in any role-playing game sourcebook to my knowledge: Lyme disease.

The current research in psychology suggests that there are three types of heroes in the world. Any gamer will tell you that this seems like an under-estimation, but what the heck, isn't it nice to know somebody's getting paid to think about this sort of thing?

Ever wonder why there are so many heroes out there in fantasy? It's because they're breeding.

In the ages when physicians' powers to cure was relatively limited, the healer's primary role was often not to fix people, but to gather information about them. The epidemiologist is therefore an ideal concept to serve as a healer character in medieval fantasy.

If you're poor and hungry, you're a lot less likely to obtain an advanced education, and in a medieval fantasy world, you would probably be a lot less likely to become a mage or alchemist or something.

When researching the history of medicine, it's easy to lose sight of the role of women, in part because female scientists have tended to be ignored and forgotten by historians. As a small step to changing that, here's some information on one of the most fascinating female healers of the medieval era, Trota of Salerno.