“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad.
Beethoven's music may have been "both figuratively and physically heartfelt." New research by a team that included a cardiologist, a medical historian, and a musicologist suggests his unique rhythms may have been inspired by his own irregular heartbeat. It's thought that the composer's deafness likely heightened his…
Slate has an in-depth and comprehensive history of autofellatio, which means, um, giving one's self a blowjob. If you haven't tried, know that only two or three males out of a 1,000 can do such a thing.