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‘The toad is slow to let you know’

October 2016

As Parliament debates the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos and its alleged links to birth defects, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn places the drug in the history of pregnancy testing and asks why the British government took so long to ban it.

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High-Rise

March 2016

As High-Rise opens in British cinemas, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn writes in the Guardian’s H-Word blog about how J.G. Ballard’s novel reflected contemporary animal research and fears of urban overcrowding.

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From Rubella to Zika

January 2016

Salim Al-Gailani writes at the Guardian H-Word blog about how the history of German measles can help us understand the Zika epidemic today.

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Should we be having babies at 20? Lessons from the past

October 2015

We tend to see infertility as a wholly modern concern, but Leah Astbury suggests we can learn something from the 17th century.

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Much ado about babies

23 July 2013

Leah Astbury looks at narratives of reproduction in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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