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#119098 - 01/12/04 01:54 PM Re: BarBQism
sjmaxq Offline
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Registered: 07/20/03
Posts: 3230
Loc: Te Ika a Maui
>The good old days.

This kind of rose-coloured recall is a very old problem, apparently. It even gets a mention in the Bible, at Ecclesiastes 7:10

noho ora mai

#119099 - 01/12/04 04:28 PM Re: BarBQism
maverick Offline
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So even in the time of the Dead Sea scrolls, a change that was slow to see was capable of marking a sea-change?

#119100 - 01/13/04 01:01 PM Re: "Good" old days ?
wow Offline
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Registered: 11/25/00
Posts: 3439
Loc: New England, USA
dying in child-birth
Thank God for Dr. Lister
and Dr. Semmelweiss
A fiction book was written based on Semmelweiss's life. Good read. Can't remember the name, 'twas years ago!

#119101 - 01/13/04 01:14 PM Re: "Good" old days ?
of troy Offline
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Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
i first learned about Semmelweiss in the microbe hunters--which was a best seller in the mid 1950, and still well known in the early 1960's when i found it.
lister made the book too.. i think.. i was about 15 at the time i read it, and it had enough science to be interesting, and it was a series of short biographies..

i forget the author (shame on me) but the book was favorite for a very long time.

my other obsession

#119102 - 01/13/04 01:17 PM Re: "Good" old days ?
jheem Offline

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 1474
Loc: California
A fiction book was written based on Semmelweiss's life. Good read. Can't remember the name, 'twas years ago!

Ferdinand Celine, the French collaborationist and author, did his medical dissertation on Dr Semmelweiss. An interesting story of one doctor's fight against the ingrained stupidity of his time, er, I mean received wisdom.

#119103 - 01/13/04 01:43 PM Re: "Good" old days ?
gift horse Offline

Registered: 11/03/03
Posts: 180
Loc: Austin, TX
Thanks for the links, wow! Very interesting indeed. I remember watching a special on the History of Sex. They told how women in the 1930's were encouraged to use Lysol as birth control. Of course, it didn't work and some women, in their desperation, ended up killing themselves with too strong a dosage. Very sad.

My favorite heroine on the subject is Margaret Sanger. What an intelligent, caring and courageous woman she was.


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