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Who came up with the most damaging theory of why mothers were to blame for mental illness? A man, of course.

Mimi Galvin and six of her 12 children. Image courtesy of the Galvin family.

When it comes to psychiatry and brain science, moms haven’t had it easy. Autism once was blamed on “refrigerator mothers.” Obsessive-compulsive disorder used to be blamed on mothers who got toilet training wrong. Even homosexuality, back when psychiatry considered it to be a sickness, was said to be caused by… guess who? Ever since Freud, it’s been hard to find any emotional or mental disorder that, in one way or another, therapists haven’t tried to plant right at the feet of your mom.


A century ago, few Americans had any idea how much they weighed. Here’s why that changed so dramatically.

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In 1922, the Commissioner of Health for Chicago had a scale installed in the lobby of City Hall. Any and all passersby were invited to come in, step on, and find out what they weighed. City residents soon flocked to the building and lined up all day long to check their weight. The scale was the hottest ticket in town.


A conversation with Harvard social epidemiologist Nancy Krieger

A patient describes her symptoms at a mobile Covid-19 testing station in Compton, California, just south of Los Angeles, on April 28, 2020. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Racism is deadly.


Sperm counts are plummeting yet infertility is rarely considered a men’s issue. Here’s why that needs to change, and how at-home tests may help.

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One in eight couples struggle to conceive, and in about half of these cases, male infertility is the cause. So why do some men drag their feet when it comes to getting tested?

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