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This Book Was the 'WebMD' of the 18th and 19th Centuries

HowStuffWorks looks at naturopathic remedies of yesterday and today's substitutions. See more »

Ridiculous History: Want to Be a Manlier Man? Use These Tips From Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman once moonlighted as a men's health writer, and his columns have now been published as a book. Learn why at HowStuffWorks . See more »

5 Things You Didn't Know About Charlotte Brontë

April 21 is Charlotte Brontë's birthday. HowStuffWorks presents five facts you may not have known about her. See more »

6 Things You Didn't Know About Maya Angelou

Learn more about Maya Angelou, a true Renaissance woman, in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

Are There Really Kids' Authors Who Hate Kids?

From Roald Dahl to Beatrix Potter, some kids' authors have reputations for hating kids. Find out whether the rumors are true at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Many Stories Have One of Six 'Beautiful Shapes'

What happens when you feed a bunch of stories into a computer? You find that many of them follow the same emotional story line, like rags to riches. See more »

This Bookstore Sells Only One Book at a Time

How does this bookstore stay in business selling one book title at a time? HowStuffWorks Now investigates. See more »

Ridiculous History: Beloved Author Roald Dahl Was Also a Suave British Spy

Was Roald Dahl a British spy? Learn more about Roald Dahl's early career as an intelligence officer in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Reading 'Harry Potter' Influences How Americans View Donald Trump

Can reading the fantasy novels alter political views? Learn more about the study on Harry Potter and Donald Trump in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

'Harry Potter' is about more than wands and wizards. Learn whether reading 'Harry Potter' can make you less prejudiced at HowStuffworks. See more »