Tag Archives: Medicine

Cabbages: Miracle Cure (Cato 8)

Recently I have been providing modern translations of some selected passages from Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  In this final quote we finally reach Cato’s chosen specialist subject: cabbages.  Please see below for further information about this series of quotes. The … Continue reading

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French Healthcare in 1854

Snippets 134.  The oldest hospital in Paris is the Hotel-Dieu, founded in 651. Visiting the hospital in 1854, the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins was extremely impressed with what he found, and compared it favourably with American health care at … Continue reading

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He blew smoke where?

Snippets 92. Today’s quote is taken from The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788. It is a collection of cookery and other practical information, such as the following medical advice, not to be recommended nowadays! … Continue reading

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The 185 Year Old Men

Snippets 77.  John Abernethy (1764-1831) was the author of one of the earliest popular books on medical science, published in 1809. It was not long before other authors began to hang on his coat-tails, and in 1830 Common Sense or … Continue reading

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The Miracle Cure (Not)

Snippets 71. During the 19th Century it was commonplace to make extraordinary claims about the properties of medication, in the absence of any regulation requiring proof. The following quote is taken from an advertisement for “Revalenta Arabica” in the Tasmania-based … Continue reading

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