History

Current Issue

Two soldiers on campus on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. One is wearing a mask due to the flu pandemic.
Summer 2021

By J. Alexander Navarro

People paid a price for prematurely celebrating the end of the 1918 flu pandemic.

Past Issues

This stomach amulet depicts the lion-headed serpent Chnoubis.
Spring 2021

By Katie Whitney

A historian unpacks the collection at U-M.

Old Main hospital in 1924
Fall 2020

By Joel Howell

The 1918 flu and WWI wreaked havoc on U-M construction plans.

Winter 2020

BY JAMES TOBIN

150 years ago, U-M made history when it converted a professor’s house

Sarah Gertrude Banks
Summer 2019

BY KATIE VLOET

Sarah Gertrude Banks, champion of women’s suffrage and health care

Professor James Gerrit Van Zwaluwenburg
Winter 2019

BY JAMES TOBIN

An early adopter of radiology at U-M

Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, ill with the flu at a nearby camp in 1918.
Fall 2018

BY KATIE VLOET

Dean Vaughan and the 1918 influenza pandemic

ON A MISSION Mary Hancock McLean (M.D. 1883) became a champion for those in need, both in her native St. Louis and around the world. The newspaper clip below highlights one of her overseas missions: “Here in St. Louis, a cultured woman has abandoned an income of $10,000 a year and the comforts and enjoyments of the land of her birth to become a missionary in China.”
Spring 2018

BY LARA ZIELIN

Alumna Mary Hancock McLean, pioneering female surgeon

Dr. Howard Markel’s new book about the Kellogg brothers
Fall 2017

Dr. Howard Markel’s new book about the Kellogg brothers

Frederick Novy and the birth of the physician-scientist
Summer 2017

BY LARA ZIELIN

Frederick Novy and the birth of the physician-scientist

Smoking at Michigan
Winter 2017

BY LAURA HIRSHBEIN, M.D., PH.D.; AND JOEL HOWELL, M.D., PH.D.

On cigarettes, once ubiquitous in hospitals

The New Life Giver
Winter 2017

By Lauren Crawford; Photo by Austin Thomason

A 19th century medical sham

Pushball
Fall 2016

By James Tobin

A university rivalry and the roots of college football