Category Archives for "History of Medicine"

Sep 06

The Maverick MD

Biography

There is a book out that everyone needs to read. Why? Because it’s a whack upside the head and once in a while we all need a good whack upside the head. It’s about a man who cured cancer, Dr Nicholas Gonzalez. Dr Nick, as he was called, always sent us a check when we […]

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Apr 22

A Brief History of Human Experiments

History of Medicine

There are many more black marks in our American history than the recent abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. Far too many. Sadly, many of them were perfectly legal. Did you know that your government has the right to experiment on you without your knowing it? I’m not sure whether this has been tested before the […]

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Apr 22

The History of Vitamins

History of Medicine , Nutrition

(and a short history of scurvy, beriberi, and pellagra) Our knowledge of the chemical composition of vitamins and their importance in nutrition is relatively young, whereas the history of vitamin deficiencies goes back centuries. Scurvy is probably the first illness to be recognized (though not right away, as you will see) as a nutritional deficiency […]

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Apr 03

You Must Have Holes in Your Head

History of Medicine

Say you’re an anthropologist and say you’re on a dig in a remote part of the world and say you come across some ancient graves, and say that a few of the skulls found in those ancient graves have holes in them. The holes range in size from a nickel to a quarter to a […]

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Mar 29

Elizabeth Blackwell, MD

Biography

1821 – 1910 Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England and came to America with her family in 1832. Her father, Samuel Blackwell, was a social reformer and an entrepreneur. His involvement in the abolition movement left little time for his business ventures which, perforce, did poorly. He died leaving the family destitute. The family […]

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Jun 25

San Francisco Winter 1918-1919

History of Medicine

I had to stop writing our article on the Spanish Flu before getting into the second wave. My PTSD was ablaze and I was about to self-destruct if I kept on course. You see, these are not numbers to me. They are human beings; human beings whose lives were cut short . . . by […]

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