The Most Interesting Health Stories of 2012

Atlantic writers survey the biggest stories and ideas on their beats. See full coverage

Innovations, outbreaks, and oddities from the year in health and medicine

By "interesting," we don't necessarily mean those fascinating "Man Who 'Gave Birth' to Cat Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant from Said Cat" stories. But looking back on a busy year, some things stood out as being both widely discussed and of some consequence, and not boring.

As always, feel free to disagree -- we can talk in the comments about other good stories that we left out, intentionally or not.

Presented by

James Hamblin and Lindsay Abrams

James Hamblin is The Atlantic's Health editor. Lindsay Abrams is The Atlantic's Health editorial fellow.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

Video

Is Minneapolis the Best City in America?

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well.

More in Health

Just In