Municipal workers distribute masks and gloves at the Rialto market in Venice on Saturday, as new restrictions for open-air markets were implemented by the Veneto region to prevent the spread  of coronavirus. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

When, at the end of February, Lombardy and Veneto recorded Italy’s first local cases of transmission of coronavirus, the two regions quickly erected r(...)

Rome’s Town Hall is lit up with the colours of the Italian flag to show solidarity with the country as it continues to battle coronavirus. Photograph: Reuters/ Alberto Lingria

An infection control experiment that was rolled out in a small Italian community at the start of Europe’s coronavirus crisis has stopped all new infec(...)

William Harvey demonstrating the circulation of the blood. Photograph: Getty

William Harvey (1578-1657) performed the greatest-ever medical experiments, giving birth to the science of physiology, when he discovered the circulat(...)

Modern exhibitions of human bodies have been accused of using Chinese criminals in a striking parallel to their 16th-century predecessors

The Real Bodies exhibition in Dublin arrived two months ago with little controversy, the way having been paved more than a decade past by the flamboya(...)

Dry flesh or food poisoning are the potential risks of turkey roasting but can be avoided by the use of a good thermometer. Photograph: iStock

Winter is the season of thermometers. Weather forecasts are full of reports of the rising and falling of mercury in glass tubes, reported to be above (...)