How does a god of healing evolve into a Christmas elf?

This week saw the release of the new Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide. I'd been eagerly awaiting this book, because in general I've liked the changes that WotC have made in the new edition and I was very keen to see how it would handle diseases of both the body and the mind.

There was a period in history when it would have been illegal for your doctor to remove your appendix to save your life.

The kidney stone was probably one of the very first illnesses ever recognized by humans. This is funny because in some respects we're still treating them the same way that we did six thousand years ago.

Alcohol has had an important impact on medicine in various ancient cultures.

When you think of pharmacology textbooks, the word "poetry" might not be one that readily comes to mind. However, this may be unfair to our ancient ancestors, for whom poetry may have been an inextricable element of medical writing.