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Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Constructing Health and Reinforcing American Exceptionalism through the Display of Othered Bodies

Ellen Schneider is a student at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She is studying history and education, and hopes to become a middle school social studies teacher. In her free time, Ellen can usually be found going to estate sales, thinking about architecture, and asking people on the street if she can pet their dogs.… Read more Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Constructing Health and Reinforcing American Exceptionalism through the Display of Othered Bodies

There Will (not) Be Blood

by Irene Bruce Menstruation is something that most women experience but often don’t discuss unless in the presence of other women. The hidden nature of menstruation comes about as a result of widespread social forces that encourage women to view their bodies, and periods in particular, as objects of shame. Using sources such as books… Read more There Will (not) Be Blood

Stealing Hurts: A Historical Examination of Health Care Fraud and Abuse in America

Omri Benami is a rising senior Economics/Mathematics major at Grinnell College. He intends on pursuing a career in the Finance or Hi-Tech industries after graduation. Healthcare is a constant topic in American current events, and has been a subject of national concern for many decades. Medicare and Medicaid are large government expenditures, and in theory… Read more Stealing Hurts: A Historical Examination of Health Care Fraud and Abuse in America

Early Eating Disorders… are they actually Anorexia Nervosa?

Rebecca Salter is a senior anthropology major at Grinnell College. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, exploring the outdoors, and playing with her dog, Boo Radley. The red carpet at the annual Academy Awards shows off the height of fashion among celebrities who are idolized by society. Beyond the glitz and glamour,… Read more Early Eating Disorders… are they actually Anorexia Nervosa?

The Anatomy of a Pandemic: What went wrong during the 1918 influenza outbreak?

by Ruth Riedl The flu is generally accepted to be a seasonal occurrence that most people don’t worry much about, except to get a flu shot. Odds are that if you’re a healthy adult who has had a flu shot, you’ll be fine, unless things go wrong and the virus mutates so that vaccines are… Read more The Anatomy of a Pandemic: What went wrong during the 1918 influenza outbreak?

Read All About It!: The Abortion Debate in the Nineteenth Century American Press

Sarah Arena is a history major at Grinnell College. On March 3, 1846, the Boston Daily Times advertised on behalf of Madame Restell: “‘FEMALE MONTHLY PILLS’ now acknowledged by the medical fraternity to be the only safe, mild, and efficient remedy to be depended upon in long standing cases of Suppression, irregularity, or stoppage of… Read more Read All About It!: The Abortion Debate in the Nineteenth Century American Press