CategoryMedical History

Top Old Fashioned Remedies That Are Shocking and Insane!

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Medicine has come a long way in the last few hundred years and while you might not always be satisfied with the attention you get at your local GP, it’s worth remembering just how much worse things used to be back in the day. Today we have things like anaesthetic, antibiotics, disinfectant and painkillers that make medical treatments a cakewalk compared to what our ancestors went through...

The Health Of The President: Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt (1858 — 1919) Theodore Roosevelt was the most forceful and aggressive President since Andrew Jackson and equally colorful and popular. Both men were born fighters and leaders of men, who underwent the trial of chronic disease before they matured. Though T. R. resembled Jackson in aggressiveness and temperament, he vied with Jefferson in versatility and variety of interests...

The Health Of The President: Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson (1767 — 1845) May 30, 1806, marked the halfway point and the dramatic crisis in the life of Andrew Jackson. On that day Jackson killed a man in a duel and in turn received a chest wound from which he never fully recovered and which eventually caused his death. As in the Greek drama, the tragic guilt of the hero was inexorably followed by his punishment and his redemption. After the...

The Health Of The President: James Madison

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James Madison (1751 — 1836) When James Madison was President, Washington Irving described him as a “withered little Apple-John.” He meant the exquisite kind of apple which attains its finest flavor when it looks wrinkled and shrunken. Since early childhood Madison appeared delicate and fragile and never displayed youthful vigor and exuberance. He had the high, bald forehead and the...

The Health Of The President: John Adams

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John Adams (1735 — 1826) Panegyrical romances will never be written, nor flattering orations spoken to transmit me to posterity in brilliant colors,” wrote John Adams. He must have felt that he lacked glamor. John Adams succeeded to the Presidency the towering figure who had become a legend in his own time, George Washington; and was followed by one of the most colorful personalities in...

The Health Of The President: George Washington

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George Washington (1732 — 1799) If you look closely at the best-known portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, you will observe a bulging of the cheeks, as if they had been stuffed with cotton. It has been reported that Gilbert Stuart actually did use cotton to fill out the sunken cheeks of the illustrious sitter of this portrait, who at the time was wearing a set of ill-fitting dentures...

The Nineteenth Century — The Beginnings of Modern Medicine

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Although the early decades of the nineteenth century were a virtual continuation of medical developments in the previous century, two particular advances (anesthesia and the discovery of microorganisms as causes of disease) so altered the course of medical history that concepts of illness, methods of treatment, and hygienic practices at the end of the century bore only slight resemblance to what...

Medical History — The Eighteenth Century

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It is often thought that the eighteenth century—with its insistence on a rational and scientific approach to all the historic issues confronting mankind—succeeded in sweeping away forever the tyranny of medieval dogma. Undoubtedly the vistas unfolded in the previous century by the genius of Newton, Descartes, Boyle, and Bacon led men away from a blind belief in authority to a new faith in...

Medical History — The Seventeenth Century

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Called the “Age of the Scientific Revolution,” the seventeenth century represents a major turning point in the history of science. Instead of asking why things occur, scientists turned to how things happen—a shift in emphasis from speculation to experimentation. Interpretations became mechanistic, and the language of science became mathematical. Influences from the Past Three major...

The Renaissance

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Even in the desperate depths of the Middle Ages, social, economic, and cultural events were underway which would burst forth in the mid-fifteenth century in that unparalleled phenomenon known as the Renaissance. Giorgio Vasari (1511-74), Florentine artist, architect, and man of letters, dubbed the period a rinascita, or rebirth, because of a common belief that the major force in its evolution was...

Albert S. Lyons, MD

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Albert S. Lyons, MD (1912-2006) was a surgeon at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital from the 1940s until his death. Starting in the 1960s, he also served as the Historian and then Archivist for the institutions. In that role, he served as a resource on the history and would answer questions from researchers. He recorded this tape to provide information about the history of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lyons discusses the following Mount Sinai surgeons: Howard Lilienthal, MD; Harry Wessler, MD; Amiel Glass, MD; Harold Neuhof, MD; Sidney Yankauer, MD; John Garlock, MD; Albert A. Berg, MD; and Paul Kirschner, MD.