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10 fascinating articles on health, 2013

In 2013, magazine and newspaper writing about health blossomed. Whether about new research, historical context, mental wellbeing, or major medical or social issues, discussions about health have engaged an increasingly aware and voracious global readership.

Here are some of our favourite pieces of the year:

The vitamin myth: Why we think we need supplements (The Atlantic) 

Fat city (The Monthly) 

Some of my best friends are germs (New York Times)

The D.S.M and the nature of disease (New Yorker)

How animals may cause the next big one (New York Review of Books)

Imagining the post-antibiotics future (Medium)

The doctor who made a revolution (New York Review of Books)

Experts reshape treatment guide for cholesterol (New York Times)

The disturbing, shameful history of childbirth deaths (Slate)

Death by masculinity (Project Syndicate) 

Read on

Image of Robyn Davidson

Something mythic

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

COVID-19 versus human rights

The virus is the latest excuse for governments to slash and burn the individual rights of prisoners

Image of Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

Road map to nowhere

Angus Taylor’s road map is anything but an emissions reduction strategy

Into the slippery unknown: ‘The Gospel of the Eels’

Patrik Svensson’s eloquent debut is a hymn to the elusiveness of eels and an ode to family