How We Discovered Alzheimer’s Disease

Today we hear a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease, but relatively little about its discoverer. Its discoverer had little idea how famous his few case studies would become. Here’s how Alzheimer’s went from a medical anomaly to one of the most known and feared medical conditions in the world.

Source: How We Discovered Alzheimer’s Disease

Common Medications Sway Moral Judgment

How many times would you give your neighbor an electric shock to earn a few extra bucks? Your answer could be more malleable than you think. A new study finds that two common drugs—an antidepressant and a treatment for Parkinson’s disease—can influence moral decisions, a discovery that could help unravel specific mechanisms behind aggression and eventually help researchers design treatments for antisocial behavior.

Source: Common Medications Sway Moral Judgment

Did anyone seriously doubt that psychoactive drugs can and do affect just about all decision-making processes?

Chocolate Was Once Considered a Powerful Cure-All Drug

Chocolate, the gateway drug…
Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food. Christine Jones traces the history and literature of its reception.

Source: When Chocolate was Medicine: Colmenero, Wadsworth and Dufour

Considering the amount of things that have been thought of as a cure-all over the years?  Mercury, trepanning, bloodletting, leeching…