Called “the royal disease”, hemophilia is widely documented in the courts of European countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries. And, if you follow some conspiracy theories, is even linked to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. The story goes as follows: Queen Victoria herself was a carrier of the disease, caused by genetic mutation and carried through the female…

In the middle of the last century sociologist Erving Goffman came up with the theory of social performativity - the concept that, as Shakespeare said some four centuries prior, we are all actors and the world is our stage. We perform a variety of roles, claims Goffman, in our day-to-day lives: the roles of a parent, a student, an employee,…

It’s the 70th World Health Day, which also happens to be the World Health Organisation’s 70th anniversary. Why? Because on the 7th of April 1948 after years of lobbying United Nations delegates finally got a resolution to pass calling for an international health organization to be created. However, the word “international” was intentionally changed, hence why we call it the…

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