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Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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Homage to Catalonia

The author of ‘Homage to Catalonia’ did not grasp the wider context and provided a partial, partisan versionUnleashed on 17 July 1936 by a military coup against the democratically elected government of the Second Republic, the Spanish civil war was a rehearsal for the second world war. The British, French and American governments stood aside…

via George Orwell’s Spanish civil war memoir is a classic, but is it bad history? — The Guardian Read the rest of this entry

The Renaissance (Part 2)

Note about the video: It was Hippocrates (not Aristotle that developed the theory of the humors).

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The Renaissance (Part 1)

The Renaissance was the era in which both Ambroise Paré and Andreas Vesalius lived. We will be talking about some other important historical figures in this era as well. But it becomes important to understand the historical context in which these people lived. We’ll start with this video as the introduction. Read the rest of this entry

Galen 4

Note: Content has been added to this section since the original Galen post. 

Discussion Topic: What are the ethical implications of vivisection? How do these implications compare to the implications of dissection?
     – animal vs human vivisection, are the implications different?
     – animal rights
     – life value
     – one vs many
     – do the ends justify the means?
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Galen 3

Galen considered anatomy to be the foundation of medicine. Because of this, he felt that studying human anatomy was the center of all medical research. But it was illegal to dissect cadavers in his time. Because of this, he dissected animals.1,3,4,9 He believed that animals would have anatomy like humans. Upon examination of several species of animals, he found that there were more similarities than differences. He applied the similarities to human Read the rest of this entry

Galen: The Father of Experimental Physiology

Claudius Galen was he was born 130 AD in the city of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama, Turkey) and died 200 AD. Galen was “a very prominent physician [that] greatly influenced the development of various scientific disciplines like anatomy*, physiology*, pathology* and neurology, and was considered an authority on medical theory and practice in Europe up until the mid-17th century.”3 He was a Greek doctor in the Roman Empire. He received medical education in his youth (age 16-19), traveled extensively (starting at age 19) and then later attended another school of medicine in Alexandria. He was an expert of his time.1,3,4,9 Read the rest of this entry

Hippocrates: The Father of Medicine

Hippocrates was born somewhere around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos. But other than that, his biographical information is largely debated and considered largely untrue. One of the major problems with knowing his history is that Soranus of Ephesus wrote his first biography 500ish years after Hippocrates died. With that much time passing between his death and the writing of his biography, it is hardly reasonable to consider the information reliable. Especially when Hippocrates was such an important figure. Read the rest of this entry

I was at a doctor appointment and for some reason, I wondered how it came to be that every doctor always has my blood pressure taken…

History of Blood Pressure

The History of Hypertension

Posting History

I have been writing in journals and on scraps since I can recall. I’ve been thinking that I need a backup place for these and this seems like a good place for it. This means that there is be spurts of posting on a single day since I will be back dating them for the date that they were actually written (unless I don’t know when that is).


Random Oinks in the Dark

Silence Killed The Dinosaurs

Comics, Stories, Dinosaurs, Cats

Mistakes & Adventures

What I've always wanted


Multimedia resources for teaching bioethics