Dr. Brien’s Medical History Moment blog explores the varied origins of infectious disease. James H. Brien, DO, is from the Department of Infectious Diseases at McLane Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas A & M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. He is also a member of the Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board and a long-time author of the print column What’s Your Diagnosis? seen in the same publication. Brien can be reached at: jhbrien@aol.com.

Plagues throughout history and the doctors who treated them: Part 1

October 22, 2014

With the Ebola crisis in full swing (again), it seems like a good time to review the history of the physician’s responses to various “plagues”…

Imhotep: The real father of medicine? An iconoclastic view

October 6, 2014

Near the beginning of the Bronze Age, the third dynasty of ancient Egypt began, which was the first dynasty of the “Old Kingdom” (2686 B.C. to 2181 B.C.)…

Origin of the Eye of Horus

August 13, 2014

As the What’s Your Diagnosis? case for the August 2014 issue of Infectious Diseases in Children gave a brief review of eye infections in babies, I thought we…

The origin of obstetrics

July 17, 2014

In my last blog, I mentioned Aesculapius and the origins of the “Caduceus,” the symbol of medicine. In keeping with the July 2014 What’s Your

Origins of the symbol of medicine

July 8, 2014

In my April, What’s Your Diagnosis? column, I introduced some of you to the great Persian physician, Rhazes, known as the “Father of Pediatrics.” For…