Invented by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, the Rorschach test requires subjects to interpret a series of 10 standard inkblots. Their responses are then analyzed as an indication of personality traits, preoccupations, and conflicts. Though the test is still widely used, its objectivity and reliability are disputed, in part because the images themselves and the most common interpretations of them have been made available to the public. What is the first image most often said to look like?
Miguel de Cervantes
Back in the day
The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did?
Born on a day like today
Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed?