Howard Markel

Feb. 24, 2012

Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Tuberculosis'

Historian Howard Markel discusses the history of tuberculosis, and related terms like 'consumption.'

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Jan. 20, 2012

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word ‘Moon’

Science historian Howard Markel talks about the word ‘moon’ and its relatives, such as ‘lunacy.’

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Dec. 16, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Petri Dish

Julius Petri replaced clumsy bell jars and test tubes with a simple set of nesting glass dishes.

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Nov. 25, 2011

A Tale Of Two Addicts: Freud, Halsted And Cocaine

Medical historian Howard Markel discusses his book An Anatomy of Addiction.

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Nov. 25, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of ‘Stethoscope’

Unlike the stethoscope familiar to patients today, the original device was a simple tube.

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Oct. 21, 2011

Science Diction: The Origins of the Bunsen Burner

Historian Howard Markel talks about chemist Robert Bunsen and how his namesake apparatus came to be.

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Sep. 30, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Epilepsy'

Medical historian Howard Markel traces descriptions of epilepsy through the millenia.

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Aug. 26, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of ‘Chemistry’

Howard Markel discusses the origins of the word ‘chemistry,’ said to have roots in Egypt or Greece.

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Jul. 22, 2011

A Tale Of Two Addicts: Freud, Halsted And Cocaine

Medical historian Howard Markel discusses his book An Anatomy of Addiction.

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Jun. 24, 2011

Science Diction--The Origin Of The Word ‘Radio’

Scientists originally used ‘radio’ to refer to devices that employed electromagnetic radiation.

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May. 27, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word "Syphilis"

Medical historian Dr. Howard Markel and STD expert Dr. Peter Leone discuss the history of syphilis.

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Apr. 22, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Robot'

Robot was the brainchild of the Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced it in a 1920 play.

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Mar. 11, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Clone'

Historian Howard Markel discusses how clone came to refer to genetic creations like Dolly the sheep.

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Feb. 11, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Antibiotic'

A Naval officer coined the term 'antibiotic' in 1860, to describe his opposition to beliefs in alien life.

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Jan. 28, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Physician'

Science historian Howard Markel discusses the parallel origins of physician and physics.

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Dec. 17, 2010

Science Diction: Comet

In this month's Science Diction, we look at the origins of the word 'comet.'

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Nov. 19, 2010

Science Diction: Atom

What is the origin of the word "atom?"

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Oct. 22, 2010

Science Diction: Cancer

It's one of the most feared medical conditions. But how did 'cancer' get its name?

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Sep. 17, 2010

Science Diction: Cell

The human body contains more than 100 trillion cells, with an average size of 10 micrometers and mass of 1 nanogram. But how did the word 'cell' come to be?

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Aug. 13, 2010

Science Diction: Evolution

The word "evolution" is often attributed to Charles Darwin. But he wasn't the word's greatest champion.

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Jul. 09, 2010

Science Diction: Genome

In our monthly series on the words of science, we'll talk about how the word 'genome' came to be.

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Jun. 18, 2010

Science Diction: X-Ray

How did the word 'x-ray' come to be?

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May. 21, 2010

Science Diction: Scientist

Before the 1830s, there were no scientists -- the word scientist didn't exist. We'll talk about the word's origins and history.

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May. 01, 2009

Influenza Update

We'll get the latest on the outbreak of Type A, H1N1 influenza. What are researchers learning from studying the virus -- and how are doctors and other health professionals dealing with its spread?

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