I do a lot of driving and have only to thank the genius’s that invented podcasts to help pass the time. I listen to quite a number and whilst I go through various themes and topics, I have a few staples. One of which is “Revisionist History” by Malcolm Gladwell. I like the quirky and non-mainstream side of life and Malcolm provides that in spades throughout his podcasts and numerous books (Outliers is a classic).
One of his latest podcasts (Season 3, episode 9) titled “Strong Verbs, Short Sentences”, outlines the life of Bernadine Healy. (To get the full impact you need to start with episode 8 – The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh for the background)
Whilst I don’t pretend to know that much about her, she was the first female director of the US National Institutes of Health and according to Malcolm almost single handed put a stop to the science fraud panic of the 1990s.
To quote…”She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one”. Surely one of the most inspiring women in recent medical history. I encourage you to download and listen.