Tag Archives: cancer

An artists portait of Susan Coley Nauts seated in front of a bookshelf. April 19

Helen Coley Nauts: Advocate for Immunotherapy

By Douglas Atkins Helen Coley Nauts (1907–2001) was the daughter of a prominent physician and surgeon whom many consider to be the Father of Immunotherapy for cancer, Dr. William Bradley Coley (1862–1936). Dr. Coley treated hundreds of cancer patients in his career, initially by utilizing live bacterial toxins, which in turn activated an immune response […]

Bar chart showing the years 1910 through 1960. November 19

Smoking and You

By Sarah Eilers Today is the 40th annual Great American Smokeout. The first was held in California in 1976, and the American Cancer Society took it nationwide the next year. Smokers are encouraged to quit for just one day, which can seem much more manageable than quitting forever. With cigarettes on our mind, Circulating Now […]

A large, diverse group of people, many in lab coats, fit on the steps of a large building. March 30

Cancer: Researching the History of a Malady

By Rebecca C. Warlow Almost every individual has been touched by a cancer diagnosis, whether as a patient, or as a family member or friend of a patient.  A new documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, accepts this fact as one point […]

September 10

Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

By Rebecca C. Warlow On October 31, 1940, just days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be elected to an unprecedented third term as President of the United States, he traveled to Bethesda to dedicate the National Cancer Institute and the new campus of what was then the National Institute of Health (NIH), before it […]

A shady looking car mechanic grins as he slides out from under Ed's car. July 10

Cartoons, Comedy, and Cancer in 1952

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger David Cantor. Dr. Cantor has published on the histories of cancer, meat, medical film, and the after-life of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. His most recent book, co-edited with Edmund Ramsden, is Stress, Shock, and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century. When in 1952 the American Cancer Society (ACS) released the […]

Colored newspaper illustration of Marie Curie in a lab. July 03

The Revolutionary who Discovered Radium

By Elizabeth Fee Albert Einstein said “I have always admired . . Marie Curie. Not only did she do outstanding work in her lifetime, and not only did she help humanity greatly by her work, but she invested all her work with the highest moral quality. All of this she accomplished with great strength, objectivity, […]

An illustration of two men working on a body. January 06

Percivall Pott: Orthopedics and Occupational Health

By Michael J. North Today we commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Percivall Pott (1714–1788), an English surgeon who is known as one of the founders of orthopedics and occupational health. Percivall Pott was the son of a scrivener (or scribe) and notary in London by the same name. After receiving an education […]